Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema has been conferred with a honourary Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) at the 9th Convocation Ceremony of the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Anambra State last Saturday.
The award was an acknowledgement of Onyema’s building of bridges to connect the gaps created by ethno-religious crises and helping to create a united and peaceful Nigeria. He also donated N70 million towards the university’s infrastructure project and pledged the setting up of Nigeria’s first Centre for Nonviolence and Peace Studies in the institution, noting that ethno-religious conflicts were pulling the country apart.
“I want to help education. I want to fight the incidence of violence and ethnicity in this country. The greatest bane of our development is ethnicity. That is why I want to set up the first Centre for Nonviolence and Peace Studies for them (Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Anambra State) by collaborating with the university and making it an elective course for students, so that people will start learning how to manage conflict.
“Conflict is a catalyst for change but it depends on how you manage it. The institute I want to set up here will help Nigerians with the ways and means of managing conflicts to achieve better results,” Onyema said.
The Air Peace boss said he was proud of his contribution to dousing ethnic agitations in the Niger Delta and other flash points in the country through his organization. He assured that he was determined to fix the challenges of the nation’s aviation sector with his airline.
He thanked Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University for honouring him and urged the Federal Government to continue to accord Nigerian businesses the needed support to empower them to speed up the nation’s socio-economic development.
He said his airline operates into 14 domestic and five regional destinations, with plans for the inauguration of our long-haul flights to Dubai, Sharjah, London, Houston, Guangzhou-China, Mumbai and Johannesburg nearing completion.