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query_builder September 21, 2019 05:35:45


By Chizoba Okeke :

Awka, Sept. 20, 2019 (MOI) Anambra State House of Assembly has commended Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Chief Allen Onyema for transporting distressed Nigerians home following xenophobic attacks on them in South Africa.

Deputy Speaker, Mr Pascal Agbodike, representing Ihiala 2 Constituency sponsored the motion during plenary on Sept. 19 while Mr Onyebuchi Offor representing Ekwusigo constituency seconded it.

Mr Agbodike called on President Muhammadu Buhari to confer on him a National honour for his philanthropic gesture and several contributions toward human development in the country.

``Air Peace airlifted the Super Eagles after successfully winning a bronze medal for placing third in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations hosted by Egypt.

``It is a reputable airline that has won several awards, some of which are 2018 best carrier in West Africa and 2019 best local airline.

``Chief Onyema through his NGO, Foundation for Ethnic Harmony in Nigeria (FEHN) was instrumental to reintegration into society and peaceful settlement of rift between Federal Government and the Niger Delta militants,’’ Mr Agbodike said.

Supporting the motion, Mr Chidi Udemadu, representing Ihiala 1 commended Mr Onyema for his love and concerns for Nigerians in South Africa.

``When you talk about showing love, you talk about Allen Onyema. He has shown magnanimity to Nigerians,’’ Udemadu said.

Mr Noble Igwe representing Ogbaru 1 constituency said that Mr Onyema transported all Nigerians home without minding their ethnic backgrounds.

In supporting the motion, Mr Nonso Okafor, representing Nnewi North said the only deserving award to Mr Onyema would be Grand Commander Order of the Niger (GCON).

Mr Obinna Emeneka, representing Anambra East said that Proprietor of Peace Airline was humble and compassionate man with burning desires to help his people in time of need without any pressures.

``If you allow me, I will name him father of modern Nigerian philanthropy and generosity,’’ Mr Emeneka said

Supporting the motion, Mr Carter Umeh representing Aguata 1 compassionately moved a motion that Air Peace Airline be made a National Carrier, which was seconded by Mr Emeneka.

Others who spoke in favour of the motion include Mr John Nwokoye (Awka North), Mr Pete Ibida (Njikoka 2), Mr Charles Obimma(Oyi), Mr Lawrence Ezeudu (Dunkofia), Mr Nnamdi Okafor (Awka South 1), Mr Uzoma Eli (Onitsha South 1).

Speaker, Mr Uche Okafor, who presided over plenary commended the legislators for their good representations. (MOI)