Meet Our Brilliant Minds
The success of any company cannot be separated from the dedication and professionalism of its personnel. SAHCO Plc has invested in the right crop of personnel who are comprehensively trained, both locally and internationally.
Agboarumi Basil Udukhokhe
(Fnipr, AIoD, arpa)
Basil Agboarumi is an enthusiastic and passionate professional, with more than 2 decades of experience with increased leadership skills and abilities in Aviation Ground Handling & Public Relations/management; demonstrating a strong background in government, corporations and nonprofit organizations.
Agboarumi holds a National Diploma (OND) in Mass Communication from the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mass Communication from the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, a Masters in Communications Studies (Mcs) from the Lagos State University, and a Certificate in Creative Design & Digital Communication from the School of Media & Communications of the Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos. He is an alumnus of John Molson School of Business in Concordia University, Montreal, Canada where he bagged a Management Certificate in Civil Aviation.
During his National Youth Service with the Kanji Lake National Parks, New-Bussa, Niger State in 1997, he authored a book, Borgu: Past, Present and Future, which chronicled the potentials of the Borgu tribe, in Niger State, Nigeria.
In 1999, Basil Agboarumi was mandated by the Nigerian National Parks Headquarter, Abuja to compile a book on the “Attributes and Potentials of the National Parks” in Nigeria.
Basil joined the Skypower Aviation Handling Company Limited, then a subsidiary of the Nigeria Airways Limited, as the Pioneer staff/Head of the Public Affairs Unit. After the privatization and subsequent takeover of Skypower Aviation Handling Company Limited by the SIFAX Group in 2009, Basil Agboarumi was appointed the Head of Corporate Communications, with a mandate to spearhead the re-branding of the new company (Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited).
He was elevated to the position of General Manager in 2013, and thereafter made to head the Corporate Communications & Information Technology (IT) departments of Skyway Aviation Handling Company LTD, providing leadership for the day-to-day operations of the units. In 2017, Basil Agboarumi became the Acting Managing Director of SAHCO, a position he held till just before the listing of SAHCO in the Nigerian Stock Market.
Furthermore, in 2018 he became the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer where he led the company to become listed on the Nigerian Stock Market, branding the company from a private organization to a Public Listed Company of repute, increasing clientele and revenue to the satisfaction of shareholders.
Basil Agboarumi is a member of the Institute of Directors (IoD Nigeria), a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (FNIPR), an Associate Member of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (arpa), an Alumnus of the Pan-Atlantic University and an Alumnus of Corcordia University, Canada.
Basil, a recipient of various awards for his “distinct industry and outstanding contributions impacting positively on Nigeria’s Reputation”, is result-oriented, a good team player, motivator, with excellent people’s skill who has a successful track record in Leadership.
He is currently the Managing Director/CEO of the Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC (SAHCO).
Mrs Boma Ukwunna
Mrs. Boma Ukwunna has 13 years cognate experience in the Maritime Industry, which has been within the Sifax Group of Companies.
She is a 1997 Graduate of Mass Communications from Delta State University Abraka. She also has a Special Executive Masters program in Business Administration (SEMP. MBA. June 2011 Class), from the University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom. She is a Fellow of the Ports and Terminal Management Academy of Nigeria (FPTM) and Member Nigerian Institute of Shipping (MNIS).
Boma served as General Manager Sifax Bonded Terminal ‘B’ with responsibility to oversee the administrative and operational activities before her transfer to SAHCOL.
Earlier in her career, she has been, Head of Administration, Ports and Cargo Services, Special Assistant to the Group Executive Chairman on Operations matter, Group Head Procurement, Group Head, Billing & Commercial at Sifax RoRo Terminal Apapa, Sifax Bonded Terminal and Ports and Cargo Handling Services, respectively.
Mrs. Boma Ukwunna, joined SAHCO in 2014 as the General Manager, Cargo Services. Her responsibilities in SAHCO include but are not limited to the day to day running of the Cargo activities. SAHCO’s warehouse in Lagos became RA3 certified during her tenure as General Manager. She assumed the post of Executive Director, Cargo Services and Operations on the 3rd of September, 2018.
Adigun Olaniyi Alamu
ADIGUN OLANIYI holds B.Ed. Economics from the University of Port Harcourt (1990) and a Masters degree in Business Administration (Marketing) – 1997 from Lagos State University.
He started his working career on June 23, 1993 with the National Carrier – Nigeria Airways Ltd. (in liquidation), as a Cabin Executive for six years and later moved on to the Airline Sales and Marketing department as a Marketing Officer having completed his six months Airline Marketing Cadetship from the Nigeria Airways Ground Training School.
In 2001, he was invited to join Skypower Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCOL) to start up the Marketing department of the company as a Marketing Executive.
In SAHCOL, Mr. Adigun has attended a sizeable number of professional courses both foreign and local.
- Station Ground Handling Management – IATA (Geneva).
- Dangerous Goods Regulation-(Initial)-IATA (Singapore)
- Cargo Marketing – IATA (Geneva).
- Strategic Marketing Management – Phillips Consulting (Lagos, Nigeria).
While in Skypower, he occupied various positions including:
- Cargo Officer
- Personal Assistant to the Managing Director/CEO.
- Assistant, Cargo Marketing Manager
- Cargo Manager.
- Station Manager, Domestic Operations.
- Regional Manager, Operations (West)
- Head, Corporate Development
After the acquisition of Skypower by Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited, a subsidiary of the SIFAX Group, he assumed the position of General Manager, Sales and Marketing which he held till the 3rd of September, 2018 before he became the Executive Director, Sales and Marketing.
Mr. Adigun is happily married with children.
Dr. Babatunde Afolabi
Dr. Babatunde Afolabi is a graduate of Computer Engineering from the University of Ottawa, Canada in 2015. He was awarded Honorary Doctorate Degree, Doctor of Science (D.SC Hons) in Business Development and Strategic Management by the European-American University in 2019.
He commenced his career during his undergraduate study as a User Interface/User Experience (UI/UX) developer at Kraneum Technology Boston, Massachusetts from 2012 to 2016 where he collaborated with design team members to define and develop new product concepts, performed minor software and interface testing, developed mobile applications and front-end for web applications; thereby demonstrating his mastery of different computer languages.
During this time, he also undertook an Industrial Training with Sifax Shipping Limited from 2012 to 2013 where he assisted in the management of the IT Department, including database hardware maintenance and technical assistance.
He subsequently worked with Sentinel Consulting Toronto, Canada from 2016 to 2017 as a Database Analyst following which he moved to Giatec Scientific, Ontario as a Quality Assurance (“QA”) Analyst in 2017.
He also has a number of personal projects including Chico Robot System (an environmentally responsive real time system using Eclipse IDE, C, C++, and Microcontrollers); Intellishade Blind System (a responsive real time embedded system that responds to environmental factors using PHP, Python, Java, HTML5); MenuBook (a web application for reserving restaurant place and ordering on menu before arrival using different programming languages and technology platform) and Hawker (a mobile application used to control subscription and retail marketing using geofencing.
Babatunde Afolabi is currently the Executive Director, I.T and Business Strategy of Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc.
Bello Omolara Aramide
Mrs Bello Omolara Aramide was called to bar in November, 2005 and obtained an LLM in International and Commercial law from the University of Buckingham in 2007. She worked as an associate at Gans and Co. Solicitors before moving back to Nigeria in 2011 and had a brief stint as an Auditor at the Internal Revenue Lagos State.
From November 2013 to 2017, Bello served as the pioneer Head of Claims at Sifax Ports and Cargo Handling services limited (a SIFAX Group company) where she favourably negotiated a lot of contentious claims to the success of the company. She is an astute legal Practitioner who has been a recipient of numerous trainings and seminars on both the Nigerian and international platforms.
Bello was transferred to Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc as the Head of Legal Services and Company Secretary in 2018.
She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association.
JAMES ORIOWO bagged his Bachelors of Engineering degree with second class upper division in Mechanical Engineering from the famous Ondo State University, Ado-Ekiti in April, 1997. Shortly after NYSC, he got a job with CITECO Technical engineering Company (which majored in repairs and maintenance of Conveyor belts) at MMIA as a Mechanical Engineer.
He joined the services of Skypower Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCOL) in June, 2000 as a Mechanical Engineer who specializes in the Maintenance, Repairs and servicing of Ground Support Equipments (GSE). He served in various capacities up to the position of Regional Manager Maintenance West before the advent of SIFAX in December, 2009.
James was made National Engineering Services Manager (NESM) in December, 2010 where he was in charge of the Maintenance division of all SAHCOL stations across the country. In the year 2012 he rose to the position of Senior Manager in the Maintenance Department. Due to his passion for the job, dedication and his proven track records in the department he was appointed as Head, Engineering & Maintenance in April, 2016 – a position he holds till today.
James has various certifications in the field of GSE maintenance from the United Kingdom, United States of America and Nigeria. He is also a member of several professional bodies among which are NIMECH, PMP, and CIPDM.
He is happily married with children.
Olajide Kafidipe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos and is presently undergoing an Aviation Masters Professional Certificate at the Stanford University, USA. He has over 15 years’ experience in the aviation sector with specifics to Cargo Handling, both locally and abroad.
He began his Cargo Handling career with Skypower Aviation Handling Company as Head, Cargo Automation unit for 5 years before proceeding to the United Kingdom where he worked with Air Menzies International where he was in charge of Exports desk and later became the Duty Supervisor at London Heathrow Airport.
He returned to Nigeria in April 2011 and worked with Diamondworth Global Associates Limited for two years as Chief Operations Officer before returning to SAHCOL to manage the Cargo Services Division.
In his role as Manager, Cargo Services, he has had responsibilities for relationship management, ensure compliance with Service Level Agreements through an effective management of all Airlines accounts.
He rose from the position of Manager, Cargo Services to Senior Manager, Cargo Services, later to Head, Cargo Services and is presently the Assistant General Manager, Cargo Services.
Emmanuel Olugbenga Okeowo
EMMANUEL OLUGBENGA OKEOWO joined the Aviation industry in 1986 with the debunked / former Nigeria Airways where he served in several capacities such as Passenger Services Officer, Interline Officer, IATA Baggage Tracing Officer, Duty Officer, Ramp
Turn- Around Coordinator, Load Control Officer and thereafter moved to Skypower Aviation Handling Company Limited now transformed to Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc.
He has attended various trainings in several core bits of the aviation industry which includes Basic and advanced Ramp training, Certified IATA auditor, Initial Dangerous Goods certification, Load Control certification training in different categories of aircraft such as Boeing 727, DC9, DC10, MD11, Boeing 737 series 200-800, Airbus A319, 320, 330, 340. Boeing 747 series, 200-400, 767, 777. CRJ 900 and 1000. Q400 etc.
Okeowo has served in several management positions with an excellent track record. He was the Station Manager Domestic Airport, Lagos between 2011-2014 and was then transferred to Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja as Senior Station Manager in 2014.
This is the position he held before his new appointment as Head of Operations which is what brought him back to Lagos headquarters from 01st of June, 2018.
Ogungbemi Yinka Afolabi
Yinka Ogungbemi studied Political Science at the University of Lagos and also bagged a Masters in International Relations at the same University.
He joined SAHCO as an admin Officer in 2006 and rose to become Head, Admin Services in 2008. He retained this position till when SAHCO was privatized in 2010 to become Head of the Facility Department in 2012 a position he held till 2015 when he was returned as Head, Admin Services and Project.
Ogungbemi is a specialist in Protocol and Facility Maintenance. His passion for management has made him a successful team lead in project management and supervision, he is also in charge of contract administration and cost management for SAHCO.
He is a member of the Institute of Administrative Managers of Nigeria and currently the Assistant General Manager, Admin Services and Projects.
He is married with children.
Folorunso Elegbede is a licensed human resource practitioner and a Full Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria, with close to 20 years of extensive work experience in Human Resources Management and Administration within medium to large sized organizations.
He has great understanding of organizational business needs and highly effective at incorporating creative leadership skills to achieve business goals and objectives to improve efficiency.
He is currently the Assistant General Manager of the Human Resources department of Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC (SAHCO), deploying his deep insight skills into planning, organizing and controlling the activities and actions of the human resource department, along with his excellent skills in revising and recommending personnel policies and procedures within the organization.
Prior to joining Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC, he has worked in different organizations, held several related human resources roles and cutting across different industries.
Elegbede is a Political Science graduate from Lagos State University and also holds an M Sc. in Political Science with specialization in International Relations from the University of Ibadan respectively.
He has, to his credit, attended various Human Resources related certified trainings from reputable training institutes.
ROTIMI OMOTOSO is a passionate and experienced Accountant with more than 10 years robust career in both the private and public sector.
He started his career with African Steel Mills Nigeria Limited in February 2004, he moved to Ports and Cargo Handling Services Limited (a SIFAX Group company) in 2007 and rose to the position of Assistant Manager, Accounts.
He proceeded from this position to work with the Ekiti State Government as a Senior Accountant but came back to join SIFAX Ports and Cargo in April 2015 and later transferred to Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc.
Omotoso is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).
Omotoso is known to be thorough and astute as well as a good team player.
He is married with children.
Olaniyan Hamzat Bolarinwa
OLANIYAN HAMZAT BOLARINWA (MSc. FCIS) is a fellow of Certified Institute of Shipping (FCIS) in Nigeria, a graduate of Agric economics and masters of Science in Economics. An Executive project manager, he has a versatile experience of over 20 years in aviation maritime and agro allied industry.
His experience in Agriculture involved planning, monitoring and evaluation of Agricultural development programs, production and other logistics in poultry farming and other agro business. He had his compulsory National youth services with Agriculture development programme, Bauchi, Nigeria and got engaged thereafter for seven productive years from 2000-2006 by Zartech Nigeria limited, Oluyole industrial estate, Ibadan .
His Passion for material and human management enriched him with a saleable experience in Maritime industry from Shipping Process to Ship Husbandry and Logistics as he joined Sifax Group in November 2006 as Procurement Officer- Sifax Group (Port and Cargo Handling Services) he has since transfers several of the group subsidiaries, coordinator research and planning, Assistant manager Sifax Shipping Nigeria Ltd.
He was transferred to Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc as the pioneer Manager Billing/Documentation in December 2009.
Olaniyan is currently Assistant General Manager of Billing and Credit control. He has deep understanding of aviation billing, credit control and process documentation and auditing, cargo handling management and safety management with IATA certification.
Taiwo is a fellow of Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA). He has over 14 years top-performing strategic audit, finance and accounting with extensive and cross-functional experience delivering value-oriented Services in Internal & External Audit, Supporting Regulatory, Compliance & Governance Processes, Tax Management and Corporate Finance.
He bagged a BSc in Accounting from the Oxford Brooke University in the United Kingdom in 2011 and started his career as an external auditor. He has worked in 3 different audit firms where he supervised and led engagement teams for the auditing of large and complex companies in different sectors including Information Technology, Manufacturing, Construction, Oil & Gas and Services for over 9 years.
He joined SAHCO in 2015 as a Manager, Internal Audit & Control. After which he proceeded to join Media Fuse Dentsu Aegis Network (a multinational advertising agency) as a Senior Finance Manager in 2017. He re-joined SAHCO in January 2021.
He is an excellent team player and a highly motivated professional imbued with a strong spirit for achievement.
He is married with children.
Oseghale Christie Olohigbe
Mrs. Christie Olohigbe Oseghale has over 27 working years experience in aviation industry, starting out as a Cabin Executive in ADC Airlines in 1993. As a Cabin Executive she functioned as a Safety and Quality Officer, where she had the opportunity to focus on and improve processes and procedures as it affects both internal and external customers.
She had a brief stint with the Marketing Communications world at Advertising Techniques Limited (ATL) between 2000 and 2002 as a Clients Services Manager, developing and managing programs and implementing same for clients.
In 2003, Christie returned to ADC Airlines as the Quality Manager, a position she held until 2007. In 2006, she had the opportunity to lead the team that developed and implemented the Quality Management System that supported the pre-IOSA audit for the organisation. In her capacity as the Quality Manager, she was the team leader for other projects.
She joined SAHCO in 2012 as Manager Quality Assurance and worked with the Quality Assurance team to obtain ISAGO registration in SAHCO.
In June 2012 she assumed responsibility as Head, Safety /Quality Assurance. She is currently the Assistant General Manager, Safety/Quality Assurance.
Okunlola Adebowale Adeniyi
Adebowale Adeniyi Okunlola has over 18 years experience in Aviation Security operations. He started his career with the Nigeria Airways Ltd in August 2000 as an Aviation Security Officer In 2004 he joined Skypower Aviation Handling Company Limited and was made Assistant Head of Department due to his diligence within a short period of joining the company.
Having served in various sections of the security department in the organization, he rose to become the Chief Security Officer, a position he held till SAHCOL was privatized in 2010. In Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC, Okunlola is in charge of all the security details of the company and serves as a link between SAHCO and external security agencies.
He bagged an HND in Accountancy and Business Administration and also holds an Advanced Diploma in Security operations from the University of Lagos. He has undergone both international and domestic trainings from IATA and ICAO and other recognized Aviation security bodies.
He is a member of SPY police force as well as a member of several professional bodies which includes the Nigerian Institute of Safety Professionals, Nigerian Institute of Security Professionals.
Okunlola is a certified AVSEC instructor by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.
He is married with children.
Ayodele Sanusi is a highly experienced Procurement Manager with years of experience in executive planning and procurement. An accounting graduate of Lagos State Polytechnic, Sanusi is also a sports enthusiast.
He has attended various trainings which include Logistics, Procurement and Supply chain management. Before joining SAHCO, Sanusi was a billing officer for SIFAX for 4 years.
Ayodele was transferred to Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc (SAHCO) in 2015 as the Procurement Manager.
He is currently the Head of Procurement, Skyway Aviation Handling Co. Plc.
Benjamin O. Akinola
Benjamin Akinola is a Fellow of the Institute of chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). He has over 20 years work experience in Finance, Auditing and Internal Control.
He bagged an HND Accounting from YABA College of Technology and later B.Sc. Accounting from University of Lagos and MBA From Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. Akinola Joined SAHCOL in 2001 as an Accountant when the company was part of the liquidated Nigerian Airways.
He rose from the position of Accountant to Manager in Finance and later Senior Manager, Internal control/Audit.
He was appointed to the position of Head, Internal Audit Department in March, 2022. Akinola is known to be a dedicated staff and a good team player. He is married with Children.
Adetola Vanessa Uansohia
Mrs. Adetola Vanessa Uansohia is a fervent and avid professional, an inspiring leader, expert communicator with over 13 years’ experience in the Aviation sector. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the then University of Ado-Ekiti now Ekiti State University and also bagged a Masters in Public Personnel Management from the National Open University Of Nigeria.
She joined the Skypower Aviation Handling Company LTD (SAHCOL) before it became Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC as a Passenger Handling Officer in October, 2006. She has undergone numerous aviation related courses, seminars and conferences and is knowledgeable in various Departure Control Systems. She rose to be a team-lead due to her excellent people skill, enthusiasm. Adetola, representing the Passenger Handling Unit was one of the foremost Champion team of the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) auditors trained to prepare SAHCO’s stations for their first ISAGO certification.
Adetola, a recipient of various awards won the best handling agent staff of Murtala Muhammed International Airport twice by Maevis Limited for exceptional customer service delivery and diligence while she was a Passenger Handling Staff. She rose to be a team lead for two reputable foreign airlines, providing leadership for the flight coordination from touch down to take off.
She moved from the Operations Department to Corporate Communications as the Assistant Manager in February 2014.
Adetola is an Associate Member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and a Senior Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Diplomacy and Management.
She is currently the Manager, Corporate Communications.