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Brief Profile of the Owner of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, who Air Lifted Nigerians Free from South Africa

The CEO of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, has been receiving accolades from Nigerians for offering free flights from South Africa due to xenophobia on his countrymen.

A brief introduction on his profile:

The CEO is not a politician or a pastor neither is he a celebrity musician/actor but a lawyer, businessman and a conflict resolution expert.

Born Allen Ifechukwu Onyema, he is a native of Mbosi town in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State, South East Nigeria but lost his mother at the age of 44 in 1991. He grew up in the old Bendel State, principally, Benin and Warri and is the first of nine children.

He attended St. Anthony’s Secondary School, Azia, Urhobo College Effurun and the prestigious Government College Ughelli and also Nigeria’s Premier University, the University of Ibadan (UI) where he studied Law and the Nigerian Law School between 1987/88 and called to the bar in 1989.

He came to Lagos in 1990 in search of jobs with no money and was squatting in Oshodi. He could not afford taxis or buses but was going to Lagos Island by rail and back to Oshodi even trek from Marina to Iddo to join the overcrowded trains.

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In spite of his love to follow his passion, he searched for a law firm to join but was frustrated when nothing showed up and the late Chief Vincent Amobi Nwizugbo gave him the opportunity in his chambers on Martins Street, Lagos Island to learn with 5 other lawyers with a monthly salary of N500.

He got married in 1993 to Ojochide, an Igala lady from Kogi State

In 1997, a friend informed him of a commercial Boeing 737 for sale which could give jobs to over 150 persons and that led to setting up Air Peace.

His 7 aircraft were all named after his family. The executive jet is named Michael after his dad while Domier 328 jet is named Helen after his late mum. The others are Domier 328 after Ojochide after his wife. The first four B737 has the names of  his four children: Nnenna– after the first child and daughter, Chinonso– after the first son, Obinna – after his second son and Ugochukwu – after his last son.

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Police Arrest Former Lagos Gubernatorial Candidate over Funke Akindele-Bello Party

Former gubernatorial candidate in Lagos State, Babatunde Gbadamosi, has been detained by operatives of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly contravening lockdown order declared by the State Government to curtail coronavirus spread.

Gbadamosi was detained after being spotted in a viral video attending a birthday party organised by Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele-Bello for her husband, Abdul-Rasheed Bello, held in Amen Estate, Ibeju-Lekki axis of the state.

A police source at the command headquarters revealed that Gbadamosi has been detained and may not be released by the law enforcement agency for engaging in an act that was at variance with the law.

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COVID-19: Buhari approves recruitment of 774,000 Nigerians

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, says President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the engagement of 774,000 Nigerians on Special Public Works programme in the country to cushion the effect of COVID-19 pandemic.

Mrs Ahmed disclosed this at a press conference on fiscal stimulus measures in response to COVID-19 pandemic and oil prices fiscal shock, on Monday in Abuja.

She explained that 1, 000 people were expected to be recruited from each of the 774 local government areas in the country.

According to her, the sum of N60 billion for allowances and operational cost has been earmarked from the COVID-19 crisis intervention fund for the initiative.

She disclosed that President Buhari had previously approved a pilot special public works programme in eight states to be implemented by the National Directorate of Employment, NDE.

She added that Buhari had now approved that this programme be extended to all 36 States and the FCT from October to December 2020 and the selected time-frame was to ensure that it was implemented after the planting season.

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“The Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning is also evaluating how best to extend the Special Public Works Programme, to provide modest stipends for itinerant workers to undertake Roads Rehabilitation and Social Housing Construction.

Ahmed said: “And also Urban and Rural Sanitation, Health Extension and other critical services. This intervention will be undertaken in conjunction with the key federal ministries responsible for Agriculture, Environment, Health and Infrastructure, as well as the states, to financially empower individuals who lose their jobs due to the economic crisis.

“Mr. President has approved the establishment of a-N500 billion COVID-19 Crisis Intervention Fund. The establishment of the Fund will involve drawing much-needed cash resources from various Special Funds and Accounts, in consultation with and with the approval of the National Assembly.

“The N500 billion is proposed to be utilized to upgrade healthcare facilities as earlier identified by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and approved by Mr. President.

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“This will help to finance the Federal Government’s Interventions to support states in improving healthcare facilities, finance the creation of a Special Public Works programme and Fund any additional interventions that may be approved by Mr. President”.

The minister noted that although similar challenges were experienced in 2008/2009 as well as in 2015/2016, Nigeria had considerably lower fiscal buffers now than in previous economic downturns.

According to her, the decline in international oil prices and domestic production may be magnified if a severe outbreak of COVID-19 occurs, despite ongoing efforts to curtail the spread of the pandemic through compulsory lockdown of Lagos and Ogun States, as well as the FCT.

The minister said to directly address these health and economic challenges, the president approved the Fiscal Stimulus Package among others as part of an Integrated Policy Framework to ensure that Nigeria’s healthcare system, fiscal position and economy were sufficiently supported to weather these shocks.

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