Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) PLC’s Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Basil Agboarumi has been presented the ‘Best Practice Award’ by the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) at the Ibom Icon Resort at Uyo, Akwa-Ibom state.
According to a press release by the firm, the award was presented during the NIPR Director’s Conference and Retreat 8.0 by the NIPR President, Mr. Ike Neliaku in recognition and appreciation of Basil’s outstanding professionalism in public service.
At the event, the Chairperson Planning Committee of the conference, Mrs. Thelma Okoh said the Conference was organized to serve as a rallying point for all the Directors in Public Relations to encourage collaborative learning for the decision makers in the industry.
Also, at the event which was well attended by the Public Relations’ Directors from both the public and private sectors and the crème-de-la-crème of the society, Mr. Basil Agboarumi gave a presentation titled: INSIGHTS FROM BEST PRACTICES MODEL. During his presentation, Basil encouraged the Public Relations Directors to ensure that they are knowledgeable about their respective operating environment so that when the opportunity to head their organizations is presented, they would be able to perform effectively.
Furthermore, Basil emphasized that integrity, loyalty and continuous personal development is key to going far in the industry and he encouraged the Directors not to rest on their oars but to continually attune themselves to learning about global best practices both locally and from foreign institutions.
Basil reiterated that for him to transition from the Public Relations landscape to seating at the head of the Board room was a product of the grace of God and competence that was demonstrated when he was given the opportunity to act in the stead of his predecessor when he was on annual leave. This provided an opportunity to hone his skills such that the transition was seamless when his predecessor’s tenure ended. He emphasized that having the luxury of a highly competent professional team of SAHCO to work with was something that has also made his job a lot easier.
During the award presentation, the NIPR President, Mr. Ike Neliaku said Basil Agboarumi has made the NIPR institution very proud and the award was in recognition of the good name that Basil has given the practice. He went on to say that Basil’s achievement is a testament that Public Relations Practitioners can provide leadership for institutions and are not stuck as members of the Boardroom alone.
Agboarumi while receiving the award said he was indeed humbled at the gesture and he said he was just contributing his own quota to the development of the country as a whole. He said the award would encourage more people to know that no good deed goes unrewarded and he emphasized that Public Relations Practitioners should ensure that they are dependable both to their superiors and dependants and should make sure that whatever is communicated to both the public and stakeholders is nothing short of the truth.
In conclusion, Basil introduced SAHCO as a Publicly Listed Aviation Ground Handling Service provider that is present in all the commercially operated Airports in Nigeria and is involved in activities that includes Passenger Handling, Ramp Handling, Cargo Handling and Warehousing, Aviation Security, Premium Lounge services amongst other aviation related services.