The Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC) on Tuesday honored the Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace Limited, Chief Allen Onyema, with an honorary award.
The conferment was in recognition of Air Peace emergency intervention that led to evacuation of stranded Nigerians who were victims of Xenophobic attack in South Africa.
Others that were also conferred with Honorary Fellowship Awards by the ICMC were JusticeAmina Augie of the Supreme Court, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr.Chris Ngige, the Director General of the National Orientation Agency, NOA, Dr.Garba Abari, a Chief Commissioner at the Public Complaints Commission,
Hon.Chile Igbawua, as well as the President, Pro Value Humanity Foundation, HighChief Obiora Okonkwo.Othersthat bagged the award are President of Association of Local Government ofNigeria, ALGON, Hon. David Alabi, Hajiya Saratu Aliyu, Dr. Salamatu Suleimanand Prof. Bakut Bakut.
Justifying the honorary conferment on Onyeama, the Institute, which was established in 1999 as a professional body of practitioners described Onyema as “a man of great honour and integrity”.
“It is worthy of note that the Air Peace management are highly reflective of the detribalized nature of Allen’s personality as you find a spread across different ethnicities, which is rare to find in recent times”,
Stating further during his citation, ICMC explained that the Air Peace boss had in the wake of recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa, freely airlifted stranded Nigerians.
While accepting the honor in his goodwill message to ICMC, Onyema, said he accepted the honorary award as “an ardent advocate of peace”, saying he had also implemented initiatives in that regard.
He said: “I did not hesitate to accede to ICMC’s request to confer on me a Honourary Fellowship Award because I am an ardent advocate of peace and have implemented initiatives in that regard. The Foundation of Ethnic Harmony in Nigeria (FEHN) which I founded has been a potent platform for driving peace interventions and other social causes.
“In fact, the name of my airline is also reflective of my commitment to peaceful coexistence. So, I am keen on identifying with any organization or programme which reflects that essence,” he added.