Ondo Governor Rotimi Akeredolu commends Air Peace for extending flight operations to Akure

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Rotimi Akeredolu

Gov. Rotimi Akerodolu of Ondo
State has commended Air Peace for extending its domestic flight
operations to Akure, the state capital. Akerodolu made the commendation on Sunday at the Akure Airport after the airline’s inaugural flight to the state from Lagos.

The
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Boeing 737 aircraft with
registration number 5N-BQO, which landed at the airport at 1.45 pm, was
received by aviation officials and other top dignitaries.
Akerodolu
said that the government decided to partner with Air Peace because of
its belief that air connectivity would help to attract investors to the
state in line with its objectives.
He said :”Our drive today is for investment and a lot of our investors want to come in.
“We
have had problems with them since I came into office because they have
always complained about the time they used in travelling from Lagos and
the hazards on the road.
“As we
all know, the roads are not so good in terms of physical state and other
hazards like armed robbery and kidnapping . So, we are so worried that a
number of them after coming here do not want to return. ”
According
to him, some civil servants on official duties have also been kidnapped
on the same route, but the move by the airline will help to avoid such
incidents.
To this end, Akerodolu said a
circular had already been issued making it mandatory for government
officials and employees on official engagement to Lagos to fly with the
airline.
The Chairman of Air Peace, Mr Allen Onyema, expressed
optimism that the beginning of direct flight operations between Akure
and Lagos would jump-start the effort of the government to open up the
state to massive investment.
Onyema said
the airline decided to fix the air fare at just N10, 000 to encourage
the flying public and also support the vision of the government in
making the state a tourism and investment destination.
“Ondo
State is an oil producing state. It also has a lot of agricultural
products attractive to investors. So it has a lot to give to Nigeria and
humanity.
“We are optimistic
that if we are able to sustain this operation, a lot of jobs will be
created and business opportunities will increase here in the next few
months, ”
he said.

The
airline boss also used the opportunity to advise Nigerians on the
benefits and importance of having a united country, appealing to those
fanning the embers of disunity to stop their agitation.
Mrs Cecilia Oguema, the
Akure Airport Manager, thanked Air Peace for bringing its services to
the airport, noting that it would boost socio-economic activities in the
state.

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