Xenophobic Attacks: Anambra Assembly Wants Air Peace Named National Carrier
By Ufuoma Egbamuno
Anambra State House of Assembly wants commercial carrier, Air Peace to be named as a National Carrier. This is part of its resolution at its sitting today.
Correspondent Kenechukwu Ofomoh reports that the state assembly unanimously passed a motion urging the Federal Government to make Air Peace a National Carrier in recognition of the company’s efforts at airlifting distressed Nigerians subjected to xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
The resolution was made following a motion sponsored by Deputy Speaker of the House, Dr. Paschal Agbodike, which called on President Muhammadu Buhari to confer the Chief Executive Officer of the company, Chief Allen Onyema, with a national honor as a distinguished and detribalized Nigerian.
The Speaker of the House, Right Honourable Uche Okafor while passing the resolution, said the House views the disposition by Chief Onyema as laudable and exemplary, hence the call for the recognition.
“This honourable house is commending Chief Barrister Allen Onyeama for airlifting distressed Nigerians subjected to xenophobic attacks in South Africa,” Okafor said.
“This House also calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to confer him with a national honour for his philanthropic gestures and other contributions towards human development in Nigeria and ask the federal government to consider making Air Peace a National Carrier for Nigeria.”
In July, Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika admitted that the country needed a National Carrier to boost the “wealth” and “fortune” of the country.
Speaking to Nigeria Info FM shortly after his ministerial screening, Sirika said: “I believe having a very vibrant Private-Sector led National Carrier is good for the economy of Nigeria, is good for the population of Nigeria, (and) is good for the wealth, the future and fortune of the people of Nigeria.”
On Wednesday, over three hundred Nigerians were evacuated from South Africa by Air Peace. This follows the over one hundred and eighty persons who were also evacuated last week Wednesday.
Early this month, foreign nationals, including Nigerians, in South Africa were attacked with many businesses destroyed in the process. The South African government this week formally apologized to Nigeria.
Additional reports by Kenechukwu Ofomah