FAAN Boss Inaugurates Aviation Cargo Road Map Development Committee, Names Ikechi Uko As Coordinator    

* L-R: Mr. Shalangwa (FAAN); Ayo Ife Lewis of Greater Washington; Hycienth Ngwu (FAAN); Alex Nwuba, President Aircraft Owners Association; Sadiku Rafindadi Director (FAAN); Kingsley Nwokoma, President AFARN; Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, MD FAAN; Ikechi Uko, organiser CHINET; Obiora Udoyen (FAAN)

 The Managing Director /Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria(FAAN), Capt Rabiu Yadudu has inaugurated the Aviation Cargo Road Map Development Committee headed by the Publisher of ATQ magazine and organiser of Akwaaba Travel Market, Mr. Ikechi Uko.

Other members of the committee include:  Mr. Shalangwa (FAAN), Ayo Ife Lewis of Greater Washington, Hycienth Ngwu (FAAN), Alex Nwuba, President Aircraft Owners Association, Sadiku Rafindadi Director (FAAN), Kingsley Nwokoma, President AFARN and Obiora Udoyen (FAAN).

The Coordinator of the Committee is Mr. Ikechi Uko while the Secretariat shall be domiciled with the Directorate of Commercial and Business Development of FAAN.

According to the Managing Director of FAAN, the decision to constitute this Committee was muted by FAAN management to address the challenges identified and that is hindering Nigeria’s capacity in processing enough cargo freighting in airports.
These challenges, Yadudu said were articulated in the communique issued at the end of the maiden edition of the Aviation and Cargo Conference in 2021, codenamed “CHINET ’21 and reechoed in CHINET 2022.
“I am happy today, because these challenges were identified by the various organisations represented in this Committee, I am about to inaugurate. My happiness is doubled or even tripled because looking at the array of names that constitute the membership of this Committee, I have no doubt, we made the right choices.
“I am convinced that as highly experienced professionals in cargo value chain that you will drive the development of an implementable Aviation Cargo Road Map that will address the identified challenges with a view to moving the cargo business from the level we are currently, to a desired sustainable level in the short- to long-term.
“It is our belief that your road map guideline will be able to address the ways by which our aviation cargo processing and facilitation will increase in volumes to rank us among the first or at least the second in Africa before or by the year 2027.”
He pointed out that currently, Nigeria is in the fifth position in Africa, having facilitated only 204, 649 tons of cargo in 2021, adding that the first airport, facilitated only 363,204 tons in the same year and that in domestic cargo, Nigeria facilitated only 8,895 tons in 2021.
Yadudu said that by Nigeria’s projections of 25 per cent on year-on year incremental basis, the country expects to be ranked first or second in Africa by or before the year 2027.  

He informed that Nigeria can certainly achieve this, as most administrative bottlenecks identified by the various organisations are being considered at the ministerial level, assuring that administrative challenges already identified will be rectified for more efficiency in our operations and logistics.

Yadudu listed the Terms of Reference for the committee to include:
  To articulate action plans that meet international best practice and assign timelines for facilitation of cargo processing at our airports.

To articulate guidelines that meet international best practice for Public-Private Partnership in developing modern cargo infrastructures and facilities for optimum air-cargo facilitation that meets destination country’s standard.

To articulate programs and incentives that will encourage mass participation of local airlines in domestic cargo facilitation.

To articulate mechanisms that will bridge the Turn-around time in cargo facilitation.

To articulate solutions to lack of adequate insurance coverage in the cargo value chain. Any other suggestions that may help us achieve the desired goal in cargo business in our airports. According to FAAN MD, the Committee is expected to submit its report within the first quarter of 2023.
He assured the Committee that the Commercial and Business Development department will always be open to hear from the Committee, as it embarks on this very crucial assignment.  

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