By Toyin Adebayo
The Center for Ability, Rehabilitation, and Empowerment (C.A.R.E. Nigeria) paid an advocacy visit to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and The Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCOL), the top aviation handling company that manages the nationwide smooth travel of people with disabilities, also known as passengers with reduced mobility (PWDs), on Wednesday in Abuja.
Both Mr. Charles Nwatuzor (SAHCOL), the Manager of the Abuja Airports, and Mr. Oyenekan Oloyede, the Head of Operations at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), were there to welcome the CARE Team, which was headed by Dr. Chike Okogwu, the chief responsibility officer.
Issues discussed ranged covered challenges faced by the stakeholders and rightsholders such as the need for more synergy and more importantly the need to maximise the use of the Ambi Lift funded by OXFAM VOICE In Nigeria Grant.
A few mechanical and electrical modifications were suggested and everyone agreed that with the increase of PWD travellers recently, the Abuja Airport cooperation of the stakeholders was so far satisfactory with plenty room for improvement.
Whilst commending care and oxfam voice in Nigeria for their innovative intervention, the hosts restated their avowed commitment to ensuring smooth travels for PRM in Abuja.