MemberSeptember 19, 2021 at 10:33 am
We support airport concession because for us as ground handling companies, when you have the right facilities on ground, it makes the job much easier. But with the way the airports are configured, it makes our job difficult. In the area were we operate and where we have full jurisdiction, we do our best to get things done. Like in our export warehouse, it is the duty of the government to put facilities like the cargo scanning machines in place but you would be surprised that we had to get those facilities ourselves waiting for the government to refund the money and it didn’t come cheap because if we don’t get those things done, we would be out of business. At a point, we had to fix the road that linked the cargo warehouse to our facility and it cost of millions as it got to a point where we couldn’t operate any equipment and we were losing business.
When we were still government, we had issues with our warehouse in 2002 and nothing was done and it took a private investor to come in and build us a warehouse and today, we can say boldly that we have the best warehouse in West Africa, fully automated. We pay a lot of taxes to the government, so it is expected that we would need a convenient environment to operate and we believe that concession would bring about the right facilities for the business and it would make things easier for everyone.