Arc. Usman Arabi Bello now Nahco Aviance chairman


The Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (Nahco Aviance) has named Arc. Usman Arabi Bello as the company’s new board chairman.

The appointment followed the resignation of the erstwhile chairman, Mallam Suleiman Yahyah last October.

Bello effectively takes over from the vice chairman, Mr. Dennis Hasdenteufel, who had been acting in that position since Yahyah’s resignation.

In a statement issued by the company in Lagos, the ground handling firm said Bello emerged as chairman after a meeting of the board which held on January 12, 2016.

The statement pointed out that the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) had been duly notified of the appointment as required by listing rules.

Before his appointment, Bello was the chairman of Nahco free trade zone (NFZ).

Bello is reputed as a property expert and an administrator whose managerial responsibilities cover the consultancy consortium Ericon Bello & Associates and its subsidiary, Arabi Bello & Associates, where he is principal partner.

He sits on the boards of quite a number of companies including HNB Security and Protection Company Limited as chairman; Bello Group of Companies and Zycom Surveillance Inc.

Bello’s professional career in architecture and other related fields has been purposeful and productive.

A long standing member of the Nigeria Institute of Architects and Architects Registration Council of Nigeria, Bello has brought his own signature approach to the design and execution of buildings to enrich the built environment.


It is expected that he will give focused guidance to the executive management of the company.

His appointment followed the resignation of the former Chairman, Mallam Suleiman Yahyah, in October last year on health grounds.

Also appointed to the board of the company as a non-executive director is Mr. Femi Olubanwo.

Olubanwo holds a law degree from the University of Lagos.

His core practice areas are in intellectual property, company and commercial law, investment and divestment transactions, banking and corporate finance.

He is a member of various law and business related professional bodies including: the Nigerian Bar Association, Nigerian Maritime Law Association, World Trade Centre of Nigeria and International Trademark Association.

He is also a member of the Solid Minerals Sector Steering Committee of Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), member, Presidential Technical Committee on Development of Coal and chairman, Committee to Create Code of Governance/Ethics for Capital Markets Regulators.

Olubanwo founded and practiced as Femi Banwo and Co, Associate, Chris O. Okunowo and Co. and established Banwo and Ighodalo, in partnership.

He is on the board of many companies, covering communications, education and commerce.


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