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Aviation – Air Peace Has Transformed Airline Business In West, Central Africa: Osoba

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 honour the prize was instituted as a highly detribalised Nigeri­an leader, saying the nation­alistic ideals of the late first Nigerian president should guide the nation in its quest for peace and unity.


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