The Chief Executive officer of Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCo), Mr Basil Agboarumi has appealed to the Federal Government to also extend the waiver it gave to airline operators to ground handling companies in the country, as this would further enhance their operations.
He said this while speaking at ‘A Night With Basil” an event to honour the CEO, as the first Public Relations Manager (PRO) to be made the CEO in the aviation sector.
Speaking further, Agboarumi said that the Federal Government should also consider given waivers to ground handlers on importation of equipment for operation ,just like it did to Airline operators of Nigeria (AON) by given airlines waivers on spares.
Government has helped airlines a lot; it should also consider ground handling companies in the aviation industry”.
A ‘Night With Basil’ was organised by the League of Airport and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC).
Agboarumi, lamented that ground handlers are not adequate paid for the services rendered airlines.
He insisted that the ground handling companies cannot operate in isolation of the entire industry and called on the Federal Government to intervene in the charges paid by the airlines.
According to him, “This is the time I think we need cooperation in the industry. The ground handlers need to come together because we can’t be isolated from what is happening in the sector. What happens to an aspect of the industry, affects all since the general duty of us in our various segments of the industry is to see how passengers or goods can move from one point to the other”.
He continued, “I am one person that believes strongly that ground handling in Nigeria is under-priced and for us to continue to get the kind of ground handling that we require, especially now that things are getting harder for everyone in terms of procurement of equipment, industry must be ready to take the right step for the right of ground handling that we expected.
“We have been talking to government and government has been so good to the airlines, but I think it’s high time the government looked at the side of the ground handling companies. We need waivers on procurement of equipment, just as the government has granted the airlines. Government should also look at how it can reduce our burdens.”
Agboarumi commended the leadership of LAAC for putting the event together for him, adding that contribution of aviation journalists to the development of the sector could not be over-emphasised.
On hand to grace the occasion were the General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, Mr. Sam Adurogboye, General Manager, Corporations Communications, FAAN, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, the PR &Communications, Manager, Arik Air, Mr Adebanji Ola, the General Manager, Corporate Communications, SIFAX Group, Mr. Muyiwa Akande, General Manager, Corporate Communications, NAHCo, Mr Tayo Ajakaye , Media, Communications Manager, Dana Air, Mr Kingsley Ezenwa and the Deputy General Public Relations, NCAA, Mr Joe Jimoh and other dignitaries.
The event was organised at the GolfView Hotel in Lagos