Jan 04, 2019: The Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc (SAHCOL) is planning to expand its ground handling services to other countries in the West African sub-region in 2019.

Basil Agboarumi, MD, SAHCOL has said that the company was mapping out strategies toward achieving its vision to become the leading provider of passenger, ramp and cargo handling services in West Africa.

He said, “We are business people and every business person has a mindset to grow and I can assure you that we are looking at some of those areas that we can expand to. “In doing that, we are going to look at our vision statement to be the leading provider of ground handling services in the West African sub-region. West Africa is in our radar and we are looking at it, as we go into the New Year.”

SAHCOL had grown as a company since its privatisation in 2009 when it was handed over to the SIFAX Group. SAHCOL was worth N5. 25 billion when it was acquired in 2009. The company has grown under the leadership of our chairman, Taiwo Afolabi, and is now worth about N16 billion.

“SAHCO is a testament that privatisation can work in Nigeria. Recently, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) officials came here and they were very impressed with what the company has become.Since the privatisation, all major airlines that have come into Nigeria chose to do business with us,” he said.

The company also offers services on aviation security, baggage reconciliation, crew bus and executive lounge services and other related ground handling services.

The company was handed over to the core-investor SIFAX Group on December 23, 2009, after being carved out of the liquidated Nigeria Airways Limited.

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