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My mission in NAHCO, by MD

My mission in NAHCO, by MD

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A NEW target has been set at the  Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) Plc.

The new management plans to drive the new structures and subsidiaries of the group to become the leading ground handling firm in Africa.

In an interview with The Nation at the weekend, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer Mrs Olatokunbo Adenike Fagbemi said the new team planned to add value to service delivery and shareholders’ investments through closer monitoring of the group’s sunsidiaries.

The subsidiaries are NAHCO Free Zone (NFZ), Nahco Energy and Power (EPI) and Mainland Cargo Options Limited (MCO), adding that they would will report to her.

With the assistance of KMPG, she would transform NAHCO.

Mrs Fagbemi said in the interim, her task would be to reposition the company, maintain industrial harmony, energise the workers in addition to improving the customer experience of NAHCO’s clients.

She spoke of plans to coordinate and drive initiatives aimed at positioning the company as one of the leading ground handling company in West and Central Africa in the next few years.

Meanwhile, NAHCO has received further endorsement with the recertification of its operations by  International Air Transport Association (IATA).

The new IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) registration recertification expires June 12, 2021. This is coming at a time the company announced it had received the RA 3 revalidation of its operations by the European Union in the country’s major airports.

In 2010, nahco aviance was awarded the ISAGO certification, becoming the first ground handling firm in West Africa to receive one of the industry’s highest honours for safety and service quality.

The recent ISAGO recertification came almost the same time the Third Country EU Regulated Agent (RA3) validation was issued to some NAHCO’s airport operations. The stations include Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano.

The ISAGO Audit and Registration mean that NAHCO conforms with the applicable ISAGO standards and recommended practices as specified in the ISAGO Ground Operations Manual Edition  seven  certifying its area of operations.

Areas covered by the recertification include Organisation and Management (ORM), Load Control (LOD), Passenger and Baggage Handling (PAB), Aircraft Handling and Loading (HDL), Aircraft Ground Movement (AGM) and Cargo and Mail Handling (CGM).

The benefits of ISAGO registration for ground handling and airport businesses include safer ground operations, fewer accidents and injuries, elimination of redundant audits from airlines, reduced costs: less damage and less audits, uniform audit process and harmonised standards.

Other benefits are improved safety oversight, harmonised auditor training and qualifications, improved quality standards and enhanced understanding of high risk areas within ground operations

The NAHCO Lagos station, first got its validation, the first of its kind in Nigeria, in June 2014. Port-Harcourt’s first validation was on September 22, 2016. Lagos, Port Harcourt were then revalidated on  July 16, 2018 with the expiry date of July 16, 2022.

Abuja station got its first validation in August 2014, and will expire in August, next year. Kano, first validated this year, will also expire in 2022.

The Third country EU regulated agent (RA3) is a designation given to a cargo handling entity located in a third county that has been validated and approved as such on the basis of an EU security validation. The organisation ensures that security controls, including screening, where applicable is applied to the consignment bound for the union and that the consignment has been protected from unauthorised interference from the time that those security controls were applied until the consignment are loaded onto an aircraft or are otherwise handed over to an ACC3 – certified carrier or other RA3 operator.

The advantage of having RA3 validation is that consignments once screened, protected before loading into an ACC3 validated carrier are exempted  from further screening and can enter any member state.

Commenting on these industry achievements, nahco aviance Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Idris Yakubu, said the recertification was reward for hard work. He noted that the certifications show that the firm’s thorough, diligent and consistent processes were among the best anyone could find in the world.

According to him, “NAHCO’s excellent and time-tested processes are well-known in the industry. We were the first groundhandler to get the ISAGO certification as far back as 2010. These have been continually renewed due to our reliable processes and procedures. We shall continue to improve on these processes, so that we better serve our clients.”

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