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SAHCO reaffirms its continous support for NDLEA on war against drugs

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By Seun Ibiyemi

Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC (SAHCO) has declared its continuous support to Nigeria’s fight against peddling of controlled substances.

The Managing Director/CEO of SAHCO, Basil Agboarumi stated that SAHCO boasts of well-trained staff that are equipped to know what to look out for according to world best practices before accepting Cargo and are also trained to be cooperative with Government’s agencies like the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) assigned to SAHCO’s Import and Export warehouses.

Agboarumi also reiterated that SAHCO, which is a major gateway to Import and Export in Nigeria has one of the best warehouses in West Africa and these warehouses are Customs bonded.

The warehouses which are built with the latest technology are constructed with the customers’ best interest at heart and also for the purpose of maintaining our clients’ trust by ensuring that clients of questionable businesses are not allowed to use SAHCO’s warehouses as gateways for their nefarious activities.

He emphasized that SAHCO has a campaign titled ‘See Something, Say Something, Do Something’ where all staff are trained to always call attention to unscrupulous activities and crooked acts.

He stressed that SAHCO has a long-time commitment to support Government’s agencies that are stationed at every point where SAHCO conducts businesses by giving them unhindered access to every nook and crannies of both Import and Export Warehouses, providing the necessary scanning machines and other screening technologies to support NDLEA and other Government agencies operations.

SAHCO is an aviation ground handling public liability company that is involved in Passenger handling, Ramp handling, Cargo handling and warehousing, VIP Lounge services, Aviation security services and all other aviation related activities.

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UK regulator reports Air Peace over alleged safety violation

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The United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority has written Nigeria’s Civil Aviation Authority stating Air Peace has reportedly violated some aviation safety regulations

The development came barely three months after the Nigerian carrier commenced the Lagos-London route.

Two mandatory occurrence reports on Air Peace had been reportedly sent to the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority.

The UK CAA, in turn, forwarded the complaints to the NCAA.

The CAA’s letter of complaint forwarded to NCAA was entitled; ‘United  Kingdom SAFA Ramp Inspection Report with reference number: CAA-UK, -2024-0217’ and ‘NATS Management System  Safety Report.’

The NCAA has also written to Air Peace to provide clarification on the issues.

The letter, with reference number: NCAA/DOLTS/APL/Vol.11/03624 was titled, “United Kingdom SAFA Ramp Inspection Report.

In the letter, the NCAA said the UK CAA had called its attention to the no operational approval of Electronic Flight Bag functions affecting the safe operation of the aircraft, while adding that the captain of the flight admitted that an Electronic Flight Bag was being used for navigational purposes.

NCAA further noted that the CAA stated in its letter that there was “no mounting device for the use of EFB, no charging points or battery for backup.”

Air Peace recently commenced operation to London Gatwick from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos under the Bilateral Air Services Agreement, which Nigeria has with the UK.

The spokesperson of Air Peace, Stanley Olisa, could not be reached as of press time.

When called, the spokesperson of the airline picked but when this reporter began to enquire about the development, he kept mute until the call ended.

Our correspondent also sent a text message of enquiry to the spokesman but there was no response as of the time of filing this report

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Keyamo joins Shettima in flag-off of Kebbi 2024 Hajj operations

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Vice President Kashim Shettima, Governor Nasir Idris of Kebbi State, and Sultan Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, alongside Minister of Aviation Festus Keyamo, convened at the Sir Ahmadu Bello International Airport in Kebbi State.

They were accompanied by Olubunmi Kuku, Managing Director of FAAN, and Alhaji Umar Faruk, Managing Director of NAMA. Together, they symbolised the start of the 2024 Hajj Operations.

SA Media and Communications, Mr. Tunde Moshood, emphasised that Keyamo’s presence at the event underscored the collaborative spirit among government agencies and stakeholders in ensuring the successful airlifting of pilgrims from Kebbi State. This departure marked the beginning of a profound spiritual journey for many.

Additionally, Keyamo personally witnessed the lifting of Abuja/Nasarawa pilgrims at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, highlighting the government’s unwavering dedication to facilitating a seamless pilgrimage experience for all participants.

Expressing gratitude to all stakeholders involved, Keyamo reaffirmed the government’s steadfast commitment to providing the necessary support and infrastructure for a triumphant hajj operation.

This demonstration of unity and dedication was pivotal in the flag-off of the Kebbi State 2024 Hajj Operations, marking a significant milestone in Nigeria’s aviation history.

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Aviation sector to benefit from RIDF

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Aviation is set to be part of key economic drivers that will benefit from President Bola Tinubu’s proposed Renewed Hope Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF).

In a statement by Ajuri Ngelale, the fund targets strategic sectors like agriculture, transportation, ports,  energy, healthcare, and education along with aviation.

The initiative plans to inject funds into vital national projects to foster growth, bolster local value addition, generate jobs, and spur innovation.

Efficient use of low-interest loans and financing options will secure advantageous arrangements for project financing and operation.

The focus on aviation enhancement involves modernising major airports nationwide with targeted investments and infrastructure upgrades.

The statement reads, “On aviation enhancement, the focus is on the revitalization and modernization of major airports nationwide. Through targeted investments and infrastructure upgrades, major airports will undergo comprehensive refurbishment, including improvement in terminal facilities, runway expansions, and the implementation of cutting-edge technologies to enhance safety and operational efficiency.”

For agricultural infrastructure, the focus includes developing robust networks like storage facilities and irrigation systems.

In port revitalisation, the goal is to modernise facilities and attract investments to enhance Nigeria’s regional trade hub status.

“By modernizing port facilities and implementing advanced monitoring systems, the goal is to optimize efficiency, attract investments, and bolster Nigeria’s position as a regional trade hub,” the statement read.

Key road projects like Lagos-Calabar Coastal Road aim to enhance connectivity and stimulate economic growth.

Rail projects like Lagos-Kano and Eastern lines will modernise transportation networks for speed and reliability.

President Tinubu’s approval of the RHIDF absorbs the PIDF, expediting project delivery for Nigerians’ benefit.

Projects funded under the RHIDF will have a national spread, reflecting the commitment to equitable development.

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