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Anambra lauds Air Peace for opening new local routes



…Likens Onyema’s patriotism to Zik’s

ANAMBRA State Government has lauded Air Peace, for its new “No City Left Behind” strategy whereby it operates rapidly  in different parts of the country in the last few months.

  A statement signed by the state’s Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment,  C. Don Adinuba, which described the organization as Nigeria’s leading air carrier, stated that the latest operations were opened in Gombe and Ibadan, Oyo State, within a space of three days.

  Adinuba maintained that the state is “proud of the development record, the pan-African vision and commitment of the airline’s leadership, particularly its chairman, Chief Allen Onyema, a worthy son of our great state”.

  The government commended “the carrier for an aggressive route development programme when airlines across the globe are managing to remain afloat as a result of the coronavirus pandemic which dealt a serious blow to not just the aviation sector but also the entire tourism industry”.

  The statement further stated that it is delightful that while some other airlines are acquiring refurbished aircraft, Air Peace “has been purchasing a large number of brand new and state of the art equipment and deploying them on Nigerian domestic routes for the safety and comfort of our people.

  “The use of Embraer 195, known for an excellent safety record, is most welcome.

  “What is more, we are delighted to hear from people like Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State that the Air Peace operation in Ibadan has resulted in the crash of air tariffs in certain places, which is pleasant news to Nigerian travellers”.

  The government asked other airlines to borrow a leaf from Air Peace by developing routes like Ibadan-Port Harcourt and Enugu-Kano to deepen national integration rather than continue with traditional flying from Abuja into Lagos and flying into other cities from these places.

  “Chief Onyema’s commitment to national unity and economic integration is reminiscent of Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe’s promotion of Nigeria’s unity as well as nationalism through journalism by establishing newspapers in places like Kano, Zaria, Lagos, Onitsha, Port Harcourt and others and by forging solid friendships with individuals and by building enduring alliances with different groups throughout the nation”. 

  The commissioner further stated that Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has already called Chief Onyema on the phone to congratulate him on the new route development programme which he described as capital intensive and time consuming, recalling how two aircraft from the Air Peace fleet flew into Anambra International Cargo and Passenger Airport under construction on Friday, April 30, on demonstration flights.

  “Governor Obiano also thanked the Air Peace chairman for his support for working closely with the Anambra State Government to build a hanger at the state airport for the repair and maintenance of aircraft”.

  “We are also delighted that Air Peace is working hard to see if the Embraer Aviation Company of Brazil can establish its African service centre in the state.

  “There is a lot other wealthy enterpreneurs from our country can learn from Chief Onyema, Adinuba stated.

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