Three weeks after it began operation in Nigeria, Angola’s national airline, TAAG-Angola Airlines has signed a partnership deal with Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc (SAHCO) for its operation in the country.
TAAG-Angola Airlines contracted SAHCO for ground-handling services. As part of the agreement, SAHCO will be responsible for TAAG-Angola Airlines’ passenger and ramp handling, cargo services and warehousing, and other aviation-related activities.
The Angolan national air carrier began operation in Nigeria on December 16, 2019.
Manager, Corporate Communications, SAHCO, Vanesa Uansohia, explained that TAAG-Angola Airlines, would operate all-Boeing fleet and fly twice a week from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
Speaking on the factor that fueled the deal, Uansohia said, “SAHCO which is both European RA3 and International Air Transport Association Safety Audit for Ground Operations certified and present in all the commercially-operated airports in Nigeria, has had to expand its export custom-bonded warehouse in the Lagos airport due to the influx of business to the warehouse.
“It is also a recipient of massive deployment of ultra-modern equipment to all its stations nationwide all in a bid to continually provide world-class services to clients and would-be clients.”
SAHCO has been busy: SAHCO renewed its ground handling contract with Arik Air at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA). With the renewal, some new ground handling equipment of the company, which will improve the quality of the services it offers, would arrive in a few weeks. The deal was signed in December 2019, creating another three years of partnership.
It was disclosed that ever since Sifax Group of Companies acquired the company, efforts had been put in place to continue to grow its services, especially as the company is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).
SAHCO was in May 2019 recertified by International Air Transport Association (IATA). The recertification was issued to SAHCO after it passed the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) standards audit, conducted on the company after the expiration of the previous certification.
Covid-19: WHO approves China’s Sinopharm vaccine
WHO has announced the approval of China’s Sinopharm vaccine for Covid-19 vaccination.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the approval of China’s Sinopharm vaccine for Covid-19 vaccination. The vaccine is reported to have 79% efficacy against covid.
This was disclosed today in a report by Reuters. The vaccine would also be the second Chinese-made vaccine after Sinovac vaccine and would be the first developed outside Europe and North America to receive WHO accreditation.
“This expands the list of COVID-19 vaccines that COVAX can buy, and gives countries confidence to expedite their own regulatory approval, and to import and administer a vaccine,” WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
The WHO added that the easy storage requirements make it highly suitable for low-resource settings.
“Its easy storage requirements make it highly suitable for low-resource settings,” a WHO statement said while also disclosing that the vaccine has been approved for people above the age of 18 to receive two shots.
“On the basis of all available evidence, WHO recommends the vaccine for adults 18 years and older, in a two-dose schedule with a spacing of three to four weeks,” the statement added.
The vaccine was created by Beijing Biological Products Institute, a subsidiary of Sinopharm subsidiary China National Biotec Group, with an efficacy of 79% for all age groups.
The WHO however, admitted that few older adults (over 60 years) were enrolled in clinical trials, so efficacy could not be estimated in this age group.
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“Mama Taraba”, Former minister and senator, Aisha Al-Hassan is dead
Ex-Women Affairs minister, Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan, popularly known as Mama Taraba is dead
A former Minister for Women Affairs and ex-Governorship Candidate in Taraba State, Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan, popularly known as Mama Taraba is dead.
According to media reports she died in a hospital on Friday in Cairo, Egypt at the age of 61.
Al-Hassan, who was a former senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from Taraba North Senatorial District, was the All Progressive Congress (APC) Governorship Candidate for Taraba in the 2015 general elections.
She later contested for the same seat on the platform of the United Democratic Party in the 2019 general elections after resigning from APC and as a minister in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari on July 27, 2018.
The former senator was born on the 16th of September, 1959 in Jalingo, Taraba State, to Alhaji Abubakar Ibrahim, Sarkin Ayukan Muri.
Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan attended Muhammed Nya Primary School, Jalingo and LEA Primary School, Tudun Wada, Kaduna before proceeding to Saint Faith College (now GGSS) Kawo Kaduna where she studied between January 1973 and June 1977.
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