NAHCo secures licence to operate in Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire

The Managing Director, Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCo) Aviance, Mr Norbert Bielderman has disclosed that NAHCo has been granted licences to operate ground handling services in the West Coast.

The Managing Director, who spoke at a one day Nigeria Air Cargo Summit organised by NAHCo in Lagos, listed the countries, where the ground handler has secured licences to operate to include Senegal, Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire

He also hinted that the ground handling company has also created other businesses and subsidiaries, adding that for the benefit of airlines and in order to add more value to its current services, the company has introduced NAHCo Road Feeder Service (RFS).

The NAHCo RFS, he said is in partnership with a leading logistics company; Creseda International Limited, stressing that it is the believe of NAHCo that many freighter, cargo agents and consignee will benefit tremendously from this service.

Apart from the stakeholders mentioned above, he stated that Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) would also benefit from this redistribution of economic revenue across its base nationwide.

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“In the first instance, our RFS would include Customs bonded transportation to Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt. We will gradually expand our reach to include Enugu, and Kano as we progress. We encourage Freighters and Cargo Airlines to take advantage of this service to further expand destined cargo services and reach to its customers” he said

He noted that many of airline station managers have worked in NAHCo and that they are shining at their various new jobs and assignments due to the solid foundation and platform the ground handling company provided over the years.

NAHCo, he said has not only complied fully with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) provisions but that it also has integrated enterprise resource management system.

On the workforce of the ground handling company, Bielderman revealed that NAHCo as an employer of labour has 1,900 permanent staff and approximately 400 casual staff that have the opportunity at scheduled times to be engaged as permanent staff when they demonstrate industry unique characteristics and required work ethics, loyalty and dedication.

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He added that these casual staff will have to go through mandatory compliance trainings for about one-month to position for excellent service delivery.

Bielderman in his keynote address categorised the issues into four factors and they include: insight into NAHCo, today’s economy, stakeholder facilitation and sub-sector challenges and inevitable sacrifices ahead insight into NAHCo PLC 35 year old history.

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