Wednesday, 9 April 2014

AIC locked down Diplomatic Park at MMA-Dati

AIC locked down Diplomatic Park at MMA-Yakubu Dati

Aviation group spokesman, Yakubu Dati today reported that the promoters of AIC Ltd, Chief Harry Akande have again taken the law into their hands by locking down the Diplomatic Car Park of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos today, Wednesday, April 9 2014.

In a press statement signed by Dati, he claimed that Akande, who came in a convoy of cars with several men to personally take possession of the land in dispute between his company and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, arrived at about mid-day. Dati said Akande used his personal car to block the entrance to the car park which led to a traffic gridlock at the entrance of the Arrival Hall of the airport for a long period.

"It took the intervention of Aviation Security officials to bring the ugly situation under control. Meanwhile, the thugs Chief Akande brought along were still loitering inside the park, as at the time of this report thereby constituting a security risk at the airport. They also parked a bus loaded with barbed wire within the premises of the disputed land.

"Promoters of Chief Akande had on April 7 sent an sms to some journalists inviting them to cover the take-over of the disputed land, stating that “our Chairman, Chief (Dr) Harry Akande intends to physically reclaim our land on Wednesday, 9 th April @ 9am. We will appreciate your presence to record the event…”

"This is not the first time Chief Harry Akande of AIC Ltd and his men have tried to take the law into their own hands over the disputed land, using unsubstantiated court orders as excuse.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, as a responsible entity, will continue to protect the interest of the Nigerian people within the ambits of the law, no matter the level of provocation, Dati argued.


Mr. Agboarumi Basil Udukhokhe has been elevated to the position of General Manager, Corporate Communications of Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCOL), as part of the company ongoing restructuring. Basil made this known in a press statement yesterday.

He said until his recent appointment, he was the Assistant General Manager, Corporate Communications. Agboarumi, who holds a National Diploma (OND) in Mass Communication from the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, and a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mass Communication from the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, started his career as a student at Auchi Polytechnic where he doubled as the Editor-in-Chief of the “Think-Right Magazine,” and the “Auchi Express,” the Official Newspaper of the institution.

His experience took another turn during his National Youth Service with the Kanji Lake National Parks, New-Bussa, Niger State in 1997, he authored a book titled; “Borgu: Past, Present and Future,” which chronicled the potentials of the Borgu tribe, in Niger State, Nigeria. His flair for writing was further given a boost when in 1999 he was mandated by the Nigerian National Parks Headquarters, Abuja to compile a book on the “Attributes and Potentials of the National Parks in Nigeria.” Basil then joined the aviation industry with Skypower Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCOL) in 2000, then a subsidiary of Nigeria Airways Limited, as the Pioneer Staff/Head of the Public Affairs Unit. Following the subsequent privatization and takeover of the company by the SIFAX Group in 2009, however, he was later appointed as Head of Corporate Communications, with a mandate to spearhead the re-branding of the new company having the same acronym but now known as Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCOL), a member of the SIFAX Group. Mr. Agboarumi has a Masters in Communications Studies (Mcs) from the Lagos State University, and a Certificate in Creative Design & Digital Communication from the School of Media & Communications of the Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos. He is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (MNIPR) and an Associate Member of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (arpa).  An Aluminous of the School of Media and Communications of the Pan-Atlantic University, as well as a member of the Course 13 of the School of Media & Communications Strategies for Optimizing Corporate Communication Skills (SOCCS), he has attended various trainings, seminars and conferences in Nigeria, across Africa, Europe as well as Asia.  An astute professional, B
asil is result-oriented, a team player, motivator, and possesses an excellent people’s skill. He also has a successful track record in Leadership, Public Relations and Communications which has contributed in no small way to affording him this recent appointment. SAHCOL is an Aviation Ground Handling Company (100 percent owned by the SIFAX Group), which has brought its experience to bear in the day to day performance of its duties, which includes Passenger Handling, Ramp Handling, Cargo Handling/Warehousing, Aviation Security, Baggage Reconciliation, Crew Bus and Executive Lounge Services, and other related Ground Handling Services; ensuring that Ground Handling Services to all clientele is executed in an efficient, speedy and safe manner, in line with international best practices, while also ensuring that the right tools are deployed. SAHCOL became a subsidiary company of the Sifax Group in December 2009, after its successful privatization by the Federal Government of Nigeria. Within this period, SAHCOL has invested in personnel development, purchase of modern equipment, infrastructural development and good customer services, which has helped in repositioning the company to meet the expectations and needs of its growing list of clientele.