Anambra State Government has praised one of Nigeria’s leading carriers, Air Peace, for its no-city-left-behind strategy which has seen it open operations in different parts of the country in the last few months.
In a statement issued on Tuesday in Awka, the Anambra state capital, the government said that “it 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”.
In the statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Don Adinuba, the government commended “the carrier for an aggressive route development program 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”.
It added that while some airlines are acquiring refurbished aircraft, Air Peace “has been purchasing a large number of brand new 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 travelers,” the statement added.
The state government further 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 of nationalism through journalism by establishing newspapers in places like Kano, Zaria, Lagos, Onitsha, Port Harcourt, and others and forging solid friendships with individuals and by building enduring alliances with different groups throughout the nation,” Adinuba added.
“Governor Obiano has also thanked the Air Peace Chairman for his support for working closely with the Anambra State Government to build a hangar at the state airport for the repair and maintenance of aircraft,” Adinuba stated, revealing that the airport will be commissioned soon.
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