NAHCO spends $70m on equipment, infrastructure

The Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) PLc said yesterday that it has invested over $70 million on equipment, infrastructure and training of its personnel in the last two years.

The equipment were installed at the Murtala Mugammed Airport, Lagos and other airports were NAHCO carries out its operations .

The investments, NAHCO Chairman, Mallam Sule Yahaya said, has helped the company to raise the bar in its services.

He said this was made to reposition the firm as the leading provider of ground handling services in Africa.

Speaking in an interview after the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal  Alex Badeh inaugurated the training and learning centre at the airport, he said NAHCO will continue to collaborate with the Air Force on safety.

He spoke of plans  by the firm to strengthen the partnership with the Air Force, which he said, led to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Yahaya said NAHCO will consolidate on its partnership with stakeholders to bring about facilitation of cargo and passenger movement.

He explained that the recent closure of its import warehouse at the Lagos airport by Nigeria Customs  Service has offered a window for the firm to clean up its operations.

He described the partnership as fruitful as the new regime in the terminal now removed tardiness in the processing, documentation, and release of cargo.

He said NAHCO will continue to strengthen its collaboration with other players to raise the level of safety and security around the airport.

Air Marshal Badeh said the Air Force is excited over its partnership with NAHCO, that will bring about the training of its personnel, who he said, constitutes a strong link in the aviation chain.

He said the Air Force will strengthen its operations around airports to ensure that dangerous goods and weapons are not brought into the country undeclared.

Such oversight duties, he said, has become necessary because of recent threats to national security.

He spoke of plans to secure the airports, assuring that anytime stakeholders need the assistance of the Air Force, the personnel on ground would respond appropriately.

Badeh urged domestic airlines to use the aircraft maintenance hangar of the Force at the airport for the repairs of their airplanes, assuring that it has adequate capacity to undertake such tasks.

He said it is cheaper and convenient to repair aircraft at home rather than sending them abroad to enrich other countries.

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