Ground handlers demand special duty waivers, forex window

The Aviation Ground Handling Association of Nigeria (AGHAN) has canvassed for duty waivers, special window for foreign exchange and other incentives for ground handling companies in the country especially as challenges facing the industry climbed.

This was as the association said that it has so far achieved over 60 per cent success in the implementation of the new safety threshold handling rate approved by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) in the last quarter of 2021.

Speaking recently in Abuja during courtesy visits to the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Capt. Musa Nuhu and the Commissioner for the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) Akin Olateru, the Chairman of AGHAN, Olaniyi Adigun, lamented that the handling companies needed government supports to remain in business.

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He specifically called for customs duty waivers, easy access to forex and other incentives for the handling sub-sector of the economy. According to him, the handling companies could not be isolated from the echo system of the aviation industry.

The AGHAN chairman decried that due to recent downturn in the economy occasioned by the fall of naira against major currencies, the handling companies were struggling to acquire modern Ground Support Equipment (GSE) to augment their services. He said that the approval of special window for forex and removal of customs duties for the handlers would further ensured safety in the industry as funds saved from these would be expended on training, retraining, attraction and retention of quality personnel for the sub-sector.

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