In order for businesses to survive the current economic crunch as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a comprehensive review of business processes and operations as well as willingness to adapt to new realities will be key.
According to Mr Adekunle Oyinloye, Group Managing Director, SIFAX Group, while reviewing the impacts of the pandemic on businesses in Nigeria, highlighted the major hurdles they are currently facing, including supply chain disruptions, inflation, hike in prices of goods and services, weakened consumer purchasing power, contracting economy and business collapse, especially among SMEs and high-risk corporations.
In the midst of this harsh operating environment, Oyinloye urged them to build resilience and staying power as a strategy to survive.
He said: “It is not an all-gloom situation as many businesses will rise from the ashes of this pandemic to recover well and post impressive returns. There are opportunities even in bad situations. Businesses just need to position themselves correctly for these opportunities.
“Ideas, processes and mindset that were useful pre-COVID-19 might become obsolete for businesses as we are gradually transiting to a new era and a new dawn.
“Some of the factors that I recommend at a time like this are critical thinking, new business processes and templates, improved technology adoption, identifying and embracing new business opportunities and ability to adapt and respond to a changing business dynamics.
Oyinloye further lauded the combined efforts of governments, both at the national and sub-national levels, corporates, development partners, health workers on the frontlines and other stakeholders, in tackling the pandemic, adding that such collaborative efforts would certainly help in containing the spread of the virus and better management of the fallouts.
As part of SIFAX Group resolve to further strengthen the fight against the spread of Coronavirus at the Tin Can Island Port, SIFAX Group has donated protective equipment to the Nigerian Ports Authority. The donation was made through the Nigerian Ports Authority Liaison office at Tin Can Island.
At the short ceremony, Capt. Ibraheem Olugbade, Executive Director, SIFAX Off Dock, explained that as an organization committed to flattening the curve and curbing the spread of COVID-19, SIFAX Group is donating 100 cartons of hand sanitizers, 200 boxes of hand gloves, 20 packs of special nose masks and 100 boxes of nose masks to the Nigerian Ports Authority.
In his response, Alhaji Abubakar Umar Ali, NPA Port Manager, Tin Can Island, thanked SIFAX Group for the kind gesture and noted that the equipment will be adequately reported to the NPA headquarters and put to use.
SIFAX Group is a multinational corporation with headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria. It has business interests in maritime, aviation, oil & gas, haulage & logistics, hospitality and financial services.
It was founded in 1988 as a clearing and forwarding company but has today grown into a global conglomerate.
Some of the subsidiaries under the group include Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited, Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited, SIFAX Off Dock Nigeria Limited, SIFAX Logistics Limited, SIFAX Marine Company Limited, Ocean & Cargo Terminal Services Limited, Mac Folly Hospitality and Sky Capital and Financial Allied Limited.
SIFAX Group is owned by Barr. (Dr.) Taiwo Afolabi (MON). He is also the Consul General of Djibouti to Nigeria.