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The Managing Director/CEO, Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) PLC, Basil Agboarumi, has been awarded Leads Africa’s Patriotic Personality Awards by The League of African Development Students (LEADS).

LEADS is the umbrella body for all Democratic Students Unions in Africa which started in 1985 at the Bayero University, Kano with the objective of sensitising its members on Development of Best Practices and now represents 25 countries in Africa.

Speaking during the Awards presentation which took place at SAHCO Corporate Headquarters in Lagos, Secretary General of LEADS, Osisiogu Osike, stated that the organisation’s quest for role models led the team to Agboarumi who they described as a rare gem and a role model to the youths in Africa, having steered SAHCO to greatness in the past two years.

In his words: “In doing this, we seek to find ourselves Role Models, Outstanding Institutions and Mentors in life as we found in SAHCO PLC and its Managing Director/ CEO, Basil Agboarumi. He is a renowned Corporate and Public Affairs person per excellence who midwifed the re-branding of SAHCO, he has an impressive and exemplary antecedence in Aviation Ground Handling practice, having had a vibrant, dynamic and remarkable two decades of immense contributions and indeed, oversight assignments. His sincere commitment to utmost innovation, reliability and professionalism in the subsector stands him out from his contemporaries.”

In her remarks, Director of Gender, LEADS Africa, Okpebuo Jennifer, commended Agboarumi’s capacity and proficiency in private and public service, philanthropy and other assignments/ideas generation and implementation, describing him as “A Patriotic Nigerian Technocrat” “an Innovative and gallant Public Servant,” “diligent, amiable, intelligent and humble patriot of impeccable antecedence.”

She stated that LEADS was there to celebrate the culmination of his superlative service history as “AFRICA’s Patriotic personality of the year.

Responding to the award, Agboarumi thanked LEADS Africa for finding him worthy of recognition. He dedicated the award to God, then to all staff and Management of SAHCO PLC for working hard to ensure safe, speedy and efficient Aviation Ground Handling Services to clients. He urged the youths to be steadfast in their dealings because there are rewards for every action.

Agboarumi is an enthusiastic and passionate professional, with more than 19 years’ experience with increased leadership skills and abilities in Aviation Ground Handling & Public Relations/management; demonstrating a strong background in government, corporations and nonprofit organisations.

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, and a Masters in Communications Studies (MSc) 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.

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 privatisation and subsequent takeover of Skypower Aviation Handling Company Limited by the SIFAX Group in 2009, 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 2014, and thereafter made to head the Corporate Communications & Information Technology (IT) departments of SAHCO, providing leadership for the day to day operations of the units.

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), and an Alumnus of the Pan-Atlantic University

A recipient of various awards for his “distinct industry and outstanding contributions impacting positively on Nigeria’s Reputation”, is a result-oriented, good team player and motivator, with excellent people skill who has a successful track record in Leadership.

He is currently the Managing Director/CEO of SAHCO.


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L-R; Secretary General, League of African Development Students, LEADS Africa, Osisiogu Osike, presenting LEADS Africa’s Patriotic Personality Award  to the Managing Director/CEO,SAHCO PLC, Basil Agboarumi, at SAHCO Corporate Headquarter, ikeja Lagos.

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