The recently commissioned N2 billion warehouse, the biggest in sub-saharan Africa, by the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (Nahcoaviance) has positioned Nigeria as a regional cargo hub.
The warehouse is designed to handle up to 230,000 tonnes with cold rooms, freezers, hazardous/dangerous facilities and equipped with bomb and explosive detectors and other highly automated facilities that will enhance cargo operations.
Nahco stressed this position at the 4th Ground Handling International conference held recently in Milan where stakeholders in the global aviation converged in Italy to address critical issues tugging at the heart of world economy.
Nahcoaviance led the corps of the African delegation in terms of presence, sponsorship and contributions.
Sanya Onayoade, manager, corporate communications of Nahcoaviance, who represented the company in Italy, noted that Nigeria had already keyed into the global momentum of developments adding that ‘the airport remodeling embarked upon by the Aviation Ministry will address some of the concerns expressed by delegates at the Ground Handling Conference who looked towards Africa because of its potential for growth.
According to him, aviance has made several efforts to draw the Nigerian aviation onto the global space.
He said the company’s strategic global alliances through membership of Aviance (international alliance of 10 reputable airport service providers operating from 112 stations in 17 countries) and others like The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), provide a window to this critical global audience.
With sponsorship and presence in several aviation forums across Africa, America, Europe and Asia, the company’s award of IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO), one of the few such certification, augments the country’s Category 1 status for international market access.