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Airline calls for ports expansion

09 January 2014, 10:03Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCOL) has called on government to expand the cargo tarmacs of airports across the country to enable the effective movement of goods.

The company said that the current cargo tarmacs built years ago by past governments had become grossly inadequate to handle the large volume to cargo been imported and exported out of the country.

Addressing Journalists in Lagos, Managing Director of SAHCOL, Oluropo Owolabi, said that it was “unfortunate” that the contract for expansion of the cargo section which was awarded long ago, remained ineffective.

“When you know there will be much gain for the sector, projects like this should not take the government much time and much money to expand the tarmac. The tarmac needs to be fixed,” the SAHCOL executive stressed.

Owolabi noted that the expansion of the cargo sections would benefit both the government and private sector and eventually generate more revenue for the country.

“For instance, the expansion of the cargo tarmac will benefit both us the private sector, the clients and the government. There is no how the tarmac will be expanded that it will not increase the revenue of the government,” he noted.

While appreciating the on-going transformation in the nation’s aviation industry, Owolabi noted that more efforts were needed in the quest to make Nigeria the air cargo hub in Africa.

He stressed that the bond that had enhances cooperation between government and the private sector should be heightened for the benefit of the country.

Owolabi also sought for exemption from spare parts wavers as given to airlines, among others.

He pleaded with government to assist in ensuring that the waiver is corrected so that there could be improvement for private investors.

“There is no gain in investing and not having good turnover,” he said.

Meanwhile, the company has said it would soon commission its 20 000-sqaure metre warehouse.

The facility is expected to have 18 loading bays and cold rooms/freezers, among other automated machines.

– CAJ News


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