Bi-Courtney partners Greater Washington to train cargo agents
In keeping with its policy of regular training and re-training of its workforce, Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), operator of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Two (MMA2), Lagos, has held a workshop for cargo agents operating in the terminal’s domestic cargo shed.
The workshop was organised in collaboration with Greater Washington Limited (GWL), the concessionaire in charge of its cargo operations.
The workshop, which is an annual exercise, focused particularly on the modalities for identifying, classifying and handling dangerous and prohibited items.
The objective is to ensure that activities in the facility are constantly at par with global best practices, especially in the area of safety and security. Aviation and Cargo safety experts from Nigerian Civil Aviation Agency (NCAA), led by Cargo Safety Inspector, Mr. Augustine Eboigbe, facilitated the workshop.
Other instructors include, Aviation Safety Inspector, Ground Operations, Mrs. Stella Patrick-Okpara and Aviation Safety Inspector, Mr. Yusuf Chanchangi.
Commenting on the exercise, Head, Cargo Section, BASL, Mr. Ayodeji Akinremi, said it was a deliberate effort to create continuous awareness among agents and other actors in the cargo section on how they can effectively identify, handle and classify dangerous goods.
He further explained that the exercise did not take anything away from the measures already in place at the cargo shed to ensure strict compliance with the established security and safety standards, while noting: “No doubt we have put various checks and security measures in place.
These include the presence of men of the State Security Services (SSS), the Nigeria Police Bomb Squad, Aviation Security (AVESC) personnel of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Airlines’ security officials, Nigerian Customs Service, the military, Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), among others.
In addition, we also have a dedicated cargo screening machine that is able to identify and analyse the content of every cargo.” He emphasised the company’s policy of zero tolerance for touting in every part of the terminal, while stressing the fact that “there are strict rules guiding our operations at the cargo section.
There is nothing like touting because all the operators are known to us and are duly registered. As such, it is absolutely impossible for any unruly behaviour or sharp practices to take place”.
Other officials of the two companies that witnessed the exercise include, BASL’s Head, Aeronautical Services, Mr. Raphael Uchegbu, Head, Safety, Mr. Charles Aroguma and Head, Corporate Communications, Remi Ladigbolu and GWL’s Assitant General Manager, Corporate Services, Mr. Aghogban Bright and Manager MMA2 Cargo Shed, Mr. Bright Egbedia.