Barely eight years since the founding of Air Peace, the airline has not only shown prowess in the industry, but has also already carved a niche for itself in corporate social responsibility (CSR). Air Peace has especially shown CSR strength in humanity.
Among other humanitarian acts, following the xenophobic attack on Africans by South Africans two years ago, the chief executive officer of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, offered to establish goodwill to the Nigerian government by offering free air services to the federal government in the evacuation of Nigerians.
That act of kindness rendered by Air Peace saw the evacuation of over 500 Nigerians from South Africa.
The airline also reaches out to the less privileged in the society. For example, not long ago, the airline’s officials visited Sabo, Makoko and Ajegunle areas of Lagos where they gave out edibles, including bags of rice, cartons of noodles and loaves of bread to hundreds of people whose sources of livelihood had been adversely affected by the COVID-19 lockdown. The aim was to curtail the spread of the pandemic that had stifled global economy.
Remarking, the Chairman, Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema, said the airline was aware that the lockdown had made it very difficult for many Nigerians to eke out a living as they were compelled by government directive to stay at home, so as to curtail the spread of Coronavirus.
He said that the initiative to give out food items was inspired by the need to provide succour to the less privileged, many of whom survive on daily earning from their work but could no longer work due to the stay at home policy.
“This large turnout of people is a witness to the fact that there is hunger. We cannot leave the care of the people to the government alone. The private sector must be involved in this. If you have N2 million in your house, use N200, 000 to help people around you. If you have N1 million, use N100, 000 to help people. We are living in extraordinary times.
“One way or another let us take positives from the Coronavirus situation. Now, people have discovered that wealth is nothing because you cannot take this money to your grave. So you must do anything you can to touch the lives of people around you. My happiness will not be complete if people around me do not benefit from my prosperity,” the Air Peace Chairman and CEO said.
Shortly after, as part of its CSR towards eradicating human trafficking in Nigeria, Air Peace made a move to offer some employment slots for victims of human trafficking rescued by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
Air Peace also offered its brand platform to NAPTIP for sensitisation and massive awareness creation in order to reduce the vulnerability of victims.
This was revealed when the DG, NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, visited the headquarters of Air Peace Limited in Ikeja Lagos to honour the management of the airline and present ambassadorial medals to its crew members. The crew on board Air Peace Lagos – Banjul flight P47560 on June 4, 2018, had intercepted two women and rescued a three-month-old baby suspected of being trafficked out of Nigeria to Gambia.
Okah-Donli, said, “we are here today to commemorate an event of great national and international significance in the collective efforts of men and women of goodwill all over the world to eradicate the evil of human trafficking from the globe.”
She said the honour came because of the patriotic and humane action of a group of extra-ordinary men and women that operated on Air Peace Lagos.
Not long ago, Onyema, announced the investment of over N350 million in the provision of non-violence skills training for 45 members of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Arewa Youths (AY) and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPoB) as part of his contribution to boosting peace and ethnic harmony in the country.
Onyema said the fund was disbursed through his NGO, the Foundation for Ethnic Harmony in Nigeria (FEHN). He said the 45 members from OPC, AY, and IPOB would be trained both in Nigeria and the United States of America by peace and conflict resolution experts.
He said the objective of the training was to make the beneficiaries eschew things that create divisions among ethnic nationalities in Nigeria. He said it was only a peaceful climate that would ensure thriving businesses and prosperity for Nigerians.
“I am not doing this for political reasons, but it is just my contribution to humanity. I am for peace. Air Peace is a symbol of peace. We are here to engender a new Pan African movement that will bring about nationalism. I had to take special permission from the federal government to hold this training programme both in Nigeria and the US. We should join hands and change the old order. This country will never know peace, and nationhood will continue to elude us until we fight for each other,” Onyema said.
Although a youngster in the airline industry in Nigeria, Air Peace is already leaving an indelible mark of the triple bottom line on the hearts of people.