By Chuks Okoh
The Ultra-Modern Cargo Warehouse under construction by the Skyway Aviation Handling Company SAHCOL will be commisioned during the second quarter of this year.
The chairman of Sifax Group Dr Taiwo Afolabi who made this known at Ijebu Ode Ogun State at a four day retreat organised for workers of the organisation said Sahcol warehouse is state-of-the-art and the first of its kind in West Africa.
Afolabi said the warehouse will be equipped with modern infrastructure, and having been designed to eliminate unprofessional cargo handling practices that are peculiar to the Nigeria environment, which are borne out of their commitment to change all aspects of ground handling.
While thanking the staff for their efforts in 2013, and in the past years since the takeover of SAHCOL by the Sifax Group, he said that through collective efforts of all SAHCOL has lived and continued to take steady steps in the direction of its
The Chairman recalled that when the Sifax Group invested in SAHCOL in 2009 through the BPE, the objectives were clear:- to reverse the trend of decline and build a company that can effectively compete in ground handling, not just in Nigeria but globally; and also to provide a platform through which employees would develop expertise and achieve their various ambitions.
He said that in the last four years, huge investment has been made in critical Ground Equipment running into billions of naira, while plans are on to take delivery of more modern equipment in the months ahead.
Dr Taiwo Afolabi stressed that though SAHCOL is nowhere near its destination, he is convinced that by the commitment, loyalty and dedication of staff to duty, SAHCOL will get there.
Commenting on the Retreat Team for 2014, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi counsel that “as service providers, customers are the only reason we are in business today, and for us to remain in business tomorrow, our collective efforts must be directed at delivering quality service that will exceed their expectations. Customers’ satisfaction is the guarantee that the company will earn revenue which will translate into salaries for staff and profits for shareholders; hence we must place premium on having them satisfied beyond bounds”.
He promised that the Board remains committed to providing every necessary support: financial or moral, that will make SAHCOL emerge as the ground handling of choice, and as an organization that caters for the welfare of her employees.
Afolabi challenged the participants that in order to build the organization of choice, they must all be dedicated to their jobs; pay greater attention to customers; display integrity and transparency at all times and in all their dealings; while working as a team ignited by visionary leadership
SAHCOL is an Aviation Ground Handling Company (100 percent owned by the SIFAX
Group). Its duties include Passenger Handling, Ramp Handling, Cargo Handling/ Warehousing , Aviation Security, Baggage Reconciliation, Crew Bus and Executive Lounge Services, as well as other related ground handling Services; executed in an efficient, speedy and safe manner, in line with international best practices, while also ensuring that the right tools are deployed.
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