ABX World Nigeria, an EU certified, EUC, cargo agent has signed an agreement with Arik Air and Skyway Aviation Handling Company, SAHCOL for its export business.
The Nigerian leading courier/cargo firm is set to strengthen its role in the agro-allied products export and markets across Europe with the agreement.
Arik Air and SAHCOL are also EU certified with ACC3 and RA3 certifications respectively, an evidence of the acceptability of EU Governments to rely on the due compliance of ABX WORLD and the partners to help ensure that all laws are adhered to.
EUC compliance assessment is defined as a “demonstration that specified requirements relating to a product, process, system, person or body are fulfilled.”
Commenting on the move to strengthen its agro allied business, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of ABX WORLD, Captain John T Okakpu said Nigeria has immense agricultural potential, even as only 40percent of her 84 million hectares of arable land cultivated, plus 263 billion cubic meters of water – (having two of the largest rivers in Africa).
He said the company, having secured the certification of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) as an “Authorized Cargo Agent”, is set for an unrivalled speedy export of agro-allied produces, especially perishable items such as vegetables and fruits.
“The stability and sustainability of the world economy have been and still depend on agriculture, because agriculture is the major source of survival for man, animals and the industrial sectors through the provision of food and raw materials according to STAN in 2000.
In other words, agriculture is taking back as the leading contributor to the economy; hence oil & gas sector is seriously in shambles.” He told journalists.
Okakpu said Nigeria has the required manpower to support agricultural expansion affirming that with an estimated 80 million farmers, Nigeria can cultivate enough food for its people and feed the world.
He added that, ABX World believes tapping into the sector can only be sustainable when the private sector expertise is allowed to thrive
He said, “There is a need to engage the private sector, investors, local banks and International Financial Institutions with the view of connecting (Supply chain) the vast investment opportunities of Nigeria Agriculture with local and international investors.
Putting together all sectors in Nigeria especially Agriculture will surpass the $128.00 per barrel of crude oil needed to balance the budget. That is where most Nigerians and world misunderstood General Muhammad Buhari (GMB), the newly President-elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria when he was credited for saying the he will stabilize the prize of crude oil.
“Yes, there are more to it: Agriculture is not just farming but involves the supply chain management as a critical sub-sector”.
On the choice of Arik Air as cargo airline partner, he said that as Nigeria’s leading commercial airline, the airline was the first to operate a fleet of 26 state-of-the arts regional, medium haul and long haul aircraft.
This means that Arik Air’s guests now have an unprecedented freighting opportunities and possibilities.
Similarly, SAHCOL as the process handling company with state-of-the-art facilities “serves as a major gateway to import and export in the Nigerian Aviation Sector, ensuring that cargo, courier and mails are properly handled, managed and warehoused in its custom bonded warehouse, pending the due process of clearing”.
On the expected impact of the new trend, he said the whole of agro-allied business ABX Worlds mulls can even generate over 20 million jobs for the teeming youths in the country in the areas of farming, harvesting, packaging, branding, and other exports gamut.
“The challenges we have as a nation, of course, present opportunities that could be tapped into for value addition and profitability. How can these be communicated to the agile youth-farmers, logistics companies, investors, and foreigners who have interest in Nigeria’s agro-produce?
That is the basis for ABX World’s interest to educate the youths that all of us cannot live in the city. You can make impact, create wealth and live a fulfilled life while residing in the rural areas” and home towns.
Also, ABX World ability to have adequate quantities of commodities will ensure very competitive prices, availability of supplies and of course acceptable quality levels required by the multinationals.
Boosh Produce of UK is one of the agro supply chain in Europe already working with ABX WORLD.
As part of preparations for the commencement of the program, ABX World had engaged competent and IATA certified consultants for refresher courses for the staff; which has been applauded by Arik Air and SAHCOL management.

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