LAGOS – The former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba, has said that the birth Air Peace Airlines has brought transformation to the airline sub-sector in West and Central Africa.
Osoba also said that the airline has been succeeding in Nigeria despite the myriads of challenges confronting operators in the country.
Osoba made the commendation in Lagos during the 2018 Zik Prize in Leadership, where Mr. Allen Onyema, Air Peace Chairman was honoured with the Zik Prize in Entrepreneurial Leadership.
A statement by Mr. Chris Iwarah, Corporate Communications Manager, Air Peace said that Osoba described Onyema as an exceptional entrepreneur in the country and expressed optimism that the carrier would make Nigeria proud with its soon-to-start long-haul flights to Sharjah, Dubai, Johannesburg, London, Houston, Guangzhou and Mumbai.
He commended the management of the airline for fighting its way to the top spot as the biggest carrier amidst industry challenges in the past four years of operations.
Osoba, who was the Chairman of the 2018 Zik Prize in Leadership ceremony said: “Those who are being honoured today (Sunday) are eminently qualified. They earned the awards. Onyema has shown his quality. In spite of the difficulties of doing business in the aviation sector, Air Peace has become one of the biggest airlines in Africa. I fly Air Peace most of the time.” AdvertisementAdvertisement
Earlier, organisers of the awards, the Public Policy Research and Analysis Centre (PPRAC), gave insight into why the Air Peace boss was selected for the Zik Prize in Entrepreneurial Leadership.
“As a testament to his industry and hard work, Onyema has in record time of four years built Air Peace Limited into the biggest airline fleet in West and Central Africa. Air Peace has distinguished itself in the aviation industry, providing jobs for thousands of Nigerians and foreigners,” the Prof. Jubril Aminu-led Advisory Board of PPRAC said.
Meanwhile, Onyema has said his Zik Prize in Entrepreneurial Leadership was a challenge for him to sustain his passion for investing in pro-development projects and campaigning for nationalism without ethnic bias.
He described Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe in whose