Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC (SAHCO) has reiterated its commitment to ensure farmers have hitch-free export opportunity in Nigeria through the provision of world class storage facilities and logistics support for farmers and exporters.
The Managing Director/CEO of SAHCO PLC, Mr. Basil Agboarumi stated this during a Forum with ABX World and Agro Allied solutions team at the company’s Corporate Headquarters in Lagos.
According to him, “SAHCO PLC has one of the best warehouses in Africa and the best in West Africa. SAHCO has invested so much on equipment. In cargo, we have just commissioned the purchase of new scanning machines. Also, we just acquired state-of-the-art High loader (LAM35) which has the capacity to load and offload up to 40 tons at a go.”
Captain John Okakpu, MD/CEO ABX World and Agro Allied Solutions, said Nigeria has over twelve products that are of export value and the Forum was to look for ways to move the country forward instead of relying on oil, he stressed that Nigeria is blessed with good weather and good soil, unlike some countries that export agro products despite severe weather conditions or bad soil. He said agencies documentations is cumbersome and is causing serious setbacks. In his words.
“In US and Europe, the agencies are not as numerous, and the process is not as cumbersome” he stressed that it takes an average of 72 hours to do documentations here in Nigeria after which the produce must have gone bad.
Capt. Okakpu urged the government to investigate the policies to make things easy for exporters of Agro produce. He also advised farmers to do the Coordinates of their farm to make them visible to the world, assuring farmers that very soon farmers will find it easy to export because ABX World and Agro Allied Solutions is in talks with the Government to ensure farmers don’t go through difficulties while trying to export their produce.
Photo caption: L-R: Mr. Abdulhammeed Mohamed, Deputy Comptroller of Custom at SAHCO; Mr. Basil Agboarumi, MD/CEO, SAHCO; Captain John Okakpu, MD/CEO, ABX World and Agro Allied Solutions; Mr. Magnus Masade, Ethiopian Airlines representative; Mr Olaniyi Adigun, ED, Sales & Marketing, SAHCO; and Mr. Jide Kafidipe, Head, Cargo Services, SAHCO at the forum to promote agro export in Lagos, recently