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Group Makes Case For Air Peace Boss , Says He Has No Case To Answer In America

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The Global Peace Movement International (GPMI), UK has called on some Nigerians to cease from blackmailing the Chair­man and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Air Peace, Allen Onyema.

GPMI in a statement issued by its President General, Dr. Mike Uyi on Tuesday, said the incessant attacks on the Air Peace Chairman is being framed up to discredit his philanthropic gestures in Nigeria, Africa and the rest of the world.

Uyi said those blackmailing Onyema are using old news report about alleged financial mismanagement by a former chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Program, Mr. Kingsley Kuku and mixed up facts while trying in vain, to insert the Air Peace CEO’s name in the tirade.

“I believe that we are all witnesses to what Onyema did for our brothers and sisters in diaspora.

“We watched scenes of Nigerians on TV being reunited with their families and friends; the emotional scene was made possible by only one man among many men; a businessman who is into business like every other businessman to make money, but he sacrificed his wealth and business, and at no cost by deploying his aircraft to bring back our brothers and sisters who were facing danger in South Africa and other countries of the world during the Covid-19 pandemic”.

According to him, “America is not a heaven of fair justice as some Nigerians think.

While explaining that GPMI in US has monitored the false allegations against Air Peace boss and found nothing against him, he said America is trying everything possible to resolve the falsehood against Onyema.

“From our investigations, Onyema has not in anyway been indicted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The company does its transactions through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)”.

“Nigerians are making a very big mistake by using America to bring genuine Nigerian business men and women down. Let us be patrotic to our nation”.

“From very humble beginnings in 2013, Air Peace has continued to increase its fleet to the present 23, covering close to 20 locations including African and international destinations. Just think of what will happen to transportation in Nigeria, if not for the presence of an airline like ‘Air Peace”.

Onyema has over the years built a reputation of integrity, a promoter of peace and a hard-working man, and cannot be allowed to be dragged in the mud by a western conspiracy”.

“He is a philanthropist. He is interested in ensuring peace and tranquility in Nigeria, and has continued to work towards that goal”.

Uyi noted that Allen Onyema organised the first Nigeria Forever Project in 2005, with the support of the Federal Government, explaining that the project was done to promote broad nationalism as against ethnic nationalism.

He further said Onyema supported the government in putting an end to the Niger Delta militancy and also helped in training the group after amnesty was granted to them.

He described Onyema as a selfless, passionate, humble, responsible, and law-abiding man who could not have changed overnight to become what he is being accused of.

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Firm Donates COVID-19 Safety Kits To Ekiti Govt

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A private firm, Wemmy Industries Limited on Friday, donated facemasks and other COVID-19 safety item to Ekiti State Government to curb the spread of the virus.

The items included 108 cartons of disposable surgical facemasks and 72 cartons of antiseptic hand wipes.
Mr John Egbedofo, Southwest Regional Manager of the firm said that the donation was in fulfillment of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Egbedofo added that the focus was to contribute to efforts at curtailing the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus.
He said the gesture would also be extended to severe medical facilities in the state including the Oba Adejugbe General Hospital in Ado Ekiti, Specialist hospitals in Ikole Ekiti and Ikere Ekiti.

Also to benefit are Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti and Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti.

Receiving the items on behalf of the government in Ado-Ekiti, the Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Oyebanji Filani, said the medical consumables and personal protective equipment would assist in tackling communicable diseases.
Filani appreciated the company for the gesture and assured that the items would be used judiciously towards achieving the desired results.

He solicited the continued support of more corporate bodies, NGOs and individual philanthropists towards improving the lot of the people.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr Akinjide Akinleye, described the donation as laudable and worthy of emulation by similar business outfits.

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When Leaving Office, I Decided Not To ‘Remote-Control’ My Successor – Dickson

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The immediate past governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has explained why he distanced himself from the administration of Governor Douye Diri.

His explanation came amidst speculations that all was not well between him and Diri.

In a statement he personally signed on Thursday, Dickson, who represents Bayelsa West in the Senate, stated that it was his decision before exiting office to give whoever succeeded him the freedom to govern.

He said, “No one has a greater stake in the governor’s success than me. I am aware of the concerns raised about the distance I have kept since leaving office. This is deliberate and in consonance with my values and principles.

“While I was governor I took a conscious decision that whoever was going to succeed me was going to have the free hand to run his government with my full support. I am not one of those who believe that a governor should be remote-controlled.

“A governor should be free to take actions and decisions to pursue programmes, projects and policies he believes in. A governor must be in charge and I have always encouraged Governor Diri to take charge and to also take responsibility at all time.

“In the process, where he deems it, he can consult stakeholders for their inputs and advice and that the governor does with me and others.

This is why we did not enter into any agreement nor give the governor any condition for my and our full and total support other than to do his best for the state and the Ijaw nation and in doing so, he has our continuous support.”

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Akeredolu Orders Recitation Of Oodua Anthem In Schools

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The Ondo State Government has made it compulsory for all pupils and students in the state to recite the Oodua Anthem in their schools .

The order reportedly affects all the private and public institutions from primary to tertiary level in the state.

This was contained in a circular sent to all stakeholders from the state Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. The circular was signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Akin Asaniyan.

The circular, titled ‘Recitation of Oodua Anthem in all schools’, was made available to our correspondent on Thursday in Akure.

It read in part,“Please note that, at the just concluded inter-schools debate and award ceremony organised by Ondo State Ministry of Education Science and Technology, held on Thursday February 25, 2021, at the International Culture and Event Center (The Dome) , Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, announced that the state has adopted the Oodua Anthem and it is to be recited by the residents of the state.

“In the light of this development, Mr Governor has directed that the anthem is now compulsory in all public and private schools ( primary and secondary), as well as tertiary institutions in the state, to be recited by all students and teachers henceforth.”

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