NAHCO Chairman, Suleiman Yahyah, Bows out

  • As Denis Hasdenteufel takes over

Kunle Aderinokun

Citing urgent need to attend to his failing health, the Chairman of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company PLC (NAHCO), Malam Suleiman Yahyah, has resigned from the board.

With the resignation of Yahyah, the Vice Chairman, Mr. Denis Hasdenteufel, would take over the leadership of the board in an acting capacity and will preside over all meetings of the board pending the approval of regulators and further announcements from stakeholders.

Yahyah, who was appointed a director of the company in November 2006, became the chairman in July 2012. He, had in recent months, come under mounting pressures from his family to step down to enable him receive proper medical attention.

Credited with the strategic re-organisation of the company to its current modern status, Yahyah had been battling with an undisclosed health issue for a couple of years now.

During his tenure, NAHCO, also known as nacho aviance, witnessed unprecedented turnover, which grew from N6.92 billion, when he took over leadership of the board to N8.5 billion at year end 2015. This is in addition to increase in number of employees from about 1,100 to an all – time high of 1,980. In the review period, the asset base also grew from N9 billion to N15 billion.

The hallmark of Yahyah’s tenure at NAHCO was the modernisation of company’s equipment to align with world’s standards in modern ground handling service. He was credited with equipping NAHCO with state-of-the-art equipment that made the company the great force that it is today in ground handling service in sub-Sahara Africa.

The diversification of the company, which the board under his tenure embarked upon led to the establishment of NAHCO FTZ with the granting of a licence for same by the Federal Government. The Mainland Cargo Options also joined the growing list of companies in the group.

Yahyah also promoted a harmonious company – labour relations, which ensure minimal disruption in company’s business operations.

His welfare – oriented policies include the introduction of performance based pay (PMP) to employees and profit – sharing for workers.

He introduced a management succession programme into the company that ensured a smooth transition from one CEO to another.

Under his leadership, NAHCO became the most successful privatisation story in the history of privatisation programme in Nigeria.

His letter of resignation has been communicated to the regulators.