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Caverton can become Africa’s aircraft maintenance hub – Defence minister

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The Minister of Defence, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, has commended Caverton Helicopters management for bringing the state-of-the-art facility to the country, saying it can become Africa’s aircraft maintenance hub.

The Minister made this commendation during the facility tour of Caverton Helicopters’ Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul situated inside the expansive premises of Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos, on Tuesday.

According to a statement, Badaru is the second Minister to visit Caverton within a month and said he was impressed by the achievements of the company.

He said, “Our dream in the Ministry of Defence is to produce all the equipment that we need for Defence in Nigeria, and, here at Caverton, I have seen proof of assurance that we can partner to do it.

“I assure you that you have what it takes to produce what we need and we will partner.

“We are working tirelessly to make sure that in the next four years, most of the equipment we go abroad to buy will be produced locally. And from what I have seen with you, we can partner in areas of air assets,” the Minister appreciated Caverton Helicopters.

On the ground to receive the minister on Tuesday was the Chairman of Caverton Helicopters, Mallam Bello Gwandu, Chairman of Caverton Marine, Mr Akin Kekere Ekun, Chief Executive Officer, Caverton Offshore Support Group (COSG), Mr Olabode Makanjuola, and Chief Operating Officer, Mr Rotimi Makanjuola and other top management staff.

In his welcome address,  the CEO,  Olabode Makanjuola described the day of the visit as special because of the honour of “hosting a very distinguished guest in the person of the Honourable Minister of Defence for the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Mohammed Badaru Abubakar (CON), Sardauna Ringim and Walin Jahun.”

Makanjuola told his guest about Caverton Offshore Support Group, which he said was a listed company on the Nigeria Stock Exchange.

According to him, the Group “takes great pride in being the leading offshore support logistics company in Nigeria” with its subsidiaries, Caverton Marine and Caverton Helicopters, equally positioned as leaders in their respective fields.

“Caverton Marine started in 1999 as a vessel owner, and operator and recently diversified into designing and building GRP boats ranging from passenger ferries to security boats.

“Caverton Helicopters Limited is the largest indigenous aviation logistics support company in Nigeria, with over 2 decades of experience providing rotary and fixed-wing services to the oil and gas industry. We currently operate a mixed fleet of aircraft across multiple locations in Nigeria and West Africa.”

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