Reps recommend Air Peace chairman for national award
Members of the House of Representatives has resolved to recommend the chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, for National Award.
This comes after the proprietor and management of Air Peace Airlines successful evacuated the first batch of willing Nigerians from Johannesburg, South Africa following the Xenophobic attacks on foreigners.
Mr Onyema is also expected to appear before the House on Wednesday.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila (APC-Lagos), however commended Mr Allen Onyema, Chairman for assisting to repatriate Nigerians from South Africa.
Gbajabiamila gave the commendation while addressing lawmakers at the plenary on Tuesday.
According to him, Onyema is worthy of commendation for providing his organisation’s services without charge to repatriate Nigerians who were willing to return home from South Africa.
The speaker said that Onyema acted without consideration of cost, tribe or personal interest.
The parliamentarian said that the Air Peace helmsman acted for his patriotism and love for his country, adding that Nigeria owed him a debt of gratitude.
Gbajabiamila also commended the actions of Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) who, without equivocation, condemned the attacks.
He said that Malema also directed his organisation to provide aid and protection to Nigerians facing harm.
“I urged the House to join me in commending the actions of Julius Malema, leader of the EFF and a respected voice in the politics of that nation”.
“He, without equivocation, condemned the attacks and directed his organisation to provide aid and protection to our citizens facing harm”.
“He has since then, never relented in calling out the failures of the government that allowed the attacks to occur and to continue.
“In the same vein, Allen Onyema, Chairman of Air Peace Airlines for providing services without charge, to repatriate Nigerians who were willing to return home to escape the carnage that had been visited upon them,” he said.
The speaker also commended the efforts of the Federal Government in addressing the issues that gave rise to these unsavory events.
He said that the Federal Government was holding the government of South Africa accountable through the available diplomatic channels.
“We will continue to support these efforts by whatever means is required of us. The house seeks to take whatever active measures possible to help the returnees resettle in Nigeria and to resume productive lives,” Gbajabiamila said.
Gbajabiamila appealed to the Minister of Foreign Affairs,Geoffrey Onyeama, to honour the invitation of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs for full briefing.
The Speaker also frowned at the refusal of the minister to honour the invitation of the committee saying respect is reciprocal and will be taking up the matter with President Muhammadu Buhari.