Nigerian Aviation Handling Company, (NAHCO) Plc has earmarked N4 billion to upgrade aging ground support equipment.
The company also disclosed that it would work in partnership with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, (FAAN) and other major stakeholders to address the bottlenecks in the sub-sector.
NAHCO Chairman, Seinde Adeni, announced this during a dinner organised for its clients and partners in Lagos State.
Fadeni acknowledged that there are many challenges limiting the growth of handling business in Nigeria but affirmed that as a leading handling company in the country, NAHCO would continue to deliver quality and excellent services to its clients.
According to him, “Some of our ground support equipment are aging and the current Board of Directors had approved for the Management the sum of N4 billion for equipment upgrade which will be delivered to the company very soon.
“NAHCO will collaborate with FAAN and other major stakeholders to address the bottlenecks in the sub-sector. We are trying as much as possible to aggressively improve on the equipment which we have now. Some of our equipment are as old as 20 years and above. We are working hard to ensure that we serve our clients better.
“However, we know that we can’t have it all 100 per cent, but we are consistently working to ensure we satisfy our customers. Today is the night for our customers. We know they are kings, and we must treat them as such.”
The NAHCO’s Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Indranil Gupta, also informed the gathering that the handling company had performed the foundation stone- laying of its export processing centre at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, (MMA), Lagos. Gupta said construction work would soon commence on the structure, which is being conceptualised as a two-storey building, stressing that all the facilities at the centre would be automated for a seamless transaction.
He said: “On the monument gate, we understand your challenge as clearing agents, but we must also listen to the concerns of FAAN. I am sure FAAN doesn’t want to make life difficult for its clients. They know why they locked up the gate, but I can assure you that we will discuss it with them soon.”