Air Peace Plans Flights from Ibadan to Kano, Enugu, Port-Harcourt

Image

By Dipo Olowookere

Chairman of Air Peace, Mr Allen Onyema, has said his company was planning to commence commercial flights from Ibadan, Oyo State to key cities across the country before the end of the year.

Mr Onyema dropped this hint on Tuesday when his airline made an inaugural flight to the Ibadan Airport, with some top government officials, including Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, in attendance.

Speaking at the event, the aviation stakeholder promised that before November 2021, Air Peace will start flying Ibadan-Kano and Kano-Ibadan, Ibadan to Enugu and Enugu to Ibadan, as well as Ibadan-Port-Harcourt and Port-Harcourt-Ibadan routes.

He described the inaugural flight to Ibadan yesterday as a dream come true for him, commending the Governor for moving the state forward and doing everything possible to woo investors that would bring their resources to expand the economy of the state.

“Today is one of my happiest moments. This is like a homecoming for me. When I say homecoming, I mean it in every sense of that statement. Without Ibadanland, there may not have been an Allen Onyema – that may have been able to achieve certain things today.

“I made a promise some time ago that we are going to start gradual operation to this place and I meant it. The Governor has been very interested in moving this state forward. He is very interested in attracting investments to this place, hence what you are seeing today.

“In fact, beyond this, the Governor and I have also muted the idea of not just doing Abuja flights or Lagos flights to Ibadan. Air Peace, in due course, with the support of this Governor, who wants to see it happen in the immediate, Air Peace will, before November, start flying Ibadan-Kano and Kano-Ibadan; connecting the South-East from Enugu to Ibadan and Ibadan to Enugu; connecting the South-South, Port-Harcourt-Ibadan, Ibadan-Port-Harcourt.

“Hold me to my words, it will come to happen this year by God’s grace because when you meet the man at the helm of affairs who is interested in moving his people forward, you have no other option as a nationalist than to support whatever he is doing and to help my own brothers and sisters in the state,” Mr Onyema said.

Air Peace Ibadan Airport1

Also speaking at the ceremony, Mr Makinde thanked the airline operator for agreeing to begin flights to the state, saying that the flights will uplift the airport and boost the economy of the state.

“This day has finally come and it is exciting for us. We are opening the lounge and also receiving the inaugural flight of Air Peace to Ibadan Airport,” the Governor was quoted as saying in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa.

“Well, it is a fulfilment of a long-held dream. Let me also appreciate Overland because they were here and kept the Airport open but we have been here and have seen situations where people missed the Overland flight because they have one flight in a day. And then, you have to go to Lagos for the next flight.

“So, we are excited today because part of what we said we are going to do as a government is to expand the economy of the state.

“Now, if you miss the Overland flight, you can always get on the Air Peace flight and I am also certain that other airlines will start coming to this airport shortly.

“I believe Air Peace airline also will be operating one flight in a day for now but I look forward to huge passenger traffic and a review of that frequency as soon as possible,” he further said.

The Governor also said his administration has awarded the contract for a 500,000 litres capacity aviation fuel storage and dispensing facility to an indigenous company operating in Ibadan in order to make airlines stay overnight and take off as early as 7 a.m. to other places around the country.

Air Peace Ibadan Airport2

“There are few things we are still doing and we have awarded the contract to have at this airport an aviation fuel storage and dispensing facility. People may ask why we are doing this.

“I have had discussions with some of the airlines and they will love to stay here overnight and take off as early as 7 a.m. to other places around the country but they are not able to do that because they cannot refuel in Ibadan.

“Within the next 12 months, this will become a thing of the past. We awarded the contract to an indigenous company operating in Ibadan.

“We are also fixing the road coming to the airport. The main road from Gate through Onipepeye up to here is at over 50 per cent completion.

“Also, we are fixing the Airport/Ajia/Ife Road with a spur to Amuloko. We are also fixing the Akanran/Dagbolu up to the border with Ogun State. So, with those roads in place, people should not just fly into the airport but come into the town and see what is going on. They can see things, buy things and leave Ibadan.

“But if they don’t want to leave, we can also accommodate them in Ibadan because so many estates are springing up and this is going to serve as a true alternative airport to Lagos.

“Our road networks will ensure that you get to anywhere within a very reasonable time. With the rail link in Ibadan, you can even stay here and work in Lagos.

“So, these are a few of the many reasons that the Ibadan Airport project is a viable one for us,” Mr Makinde stated.

“What this has done for us is that it has crashed the price of flights from Ibadan to Abuja. Now, with close to N30,000, you can fly in a brand new aircraft to Abuja. We will continue to provide the necessary support and collaboration with Air Peace and the FAAN (Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria),” he further stated.

Share
Related Stories
Image
10-November-2023

Emirates Rakes $18.3bn in Six Months on Strong Demand for International Travel

By Aduragbemi Omiyale The strong demand for international travel across regions, especially as the airline business recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, has helped Emirates Group, one of the big players in the aviation industry, to generate about $18.3 billion in the first six months of the financial year of the firm. On Thursday, the company released its financial statements for the 2023/24 fiscal year, with earnings rising by 20 per cent from the $15.3 billion achieved a day ago. The organisation, in the period under review, illustrated its strong profitability, as net profit went up by 138 per

Image
19-January-2024

FAAN Relocates Headquarters to Lagos to Cut Costs

By Aduragbemi Omiyale The corporate head office of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has been moved from Abuja to Lagos, where it was in the past, on the directive of the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Mr Festus Keyamo. This development was confirmed in a statement on Thursday by the Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection of FAAN, Mrs Obiageli Orah. The agency explained that the decision to move its corporate headquarters to its original base was taken after consultations with the relevant stakeholders. The statement noted that it was also because the relocation to Abuja

Image
05-January-2024

TOP 7 Schengen Countries to Visit in 2024

Schengen attracts tourists with the opportunity to visit many countries with one visa: Norway to Greece, Spain to Estonia. Every year, more and more tourists visiting EU countries are thinking of reclassifying from ordinary travelers to owners of real estate in the territory of European countries. It is difficult for many foreigners to choose one of the many countries. Not to mention citizenship, when you choose thoroughly and hope for the best conditions. We have selected the best seven among 27 republican territories based on statistical data and according to Polly Johnson (agency My Schengen). We offer you a short

More Stories
Image
23-January-2018

Currency Market Gets Fresh $210m from CBN

By Dipo Olowookere The foreign exchange market was Monday received a new boost when the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) injected $210 million into it. The amount was released into the currency market to sustain the supply of Dollars at the market and as well take off pressure on the local currency. A breakdown of the intervention showed that the authorized dealers in the wholesale segment of the market were given $100million, while both the invisibles and the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) segments received $55 million each. According to the CBN’s Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, Mr Isaac Okorafor,

Image
05-July-2022

Ad Dynamo by Aleph Group Begins Free Digital Academy in Nigeria

By Modupe Gbadeyanka Young Nigerians who wish to update their skills with the latest developments in the digital marketing ecosystem can now do this without any charge as Ad Dynamo by Aleph Group has announced the launch of its free Digital Ad Expert programme in the country. The Digital Ad Expert is a peer-to-peer learning programme that aims to educate, certify, and connect thousands of Africans with the digital skills needed to succeed in a rapidly digitising economy, allowing them to compete at a global level for jobs in this growing industry. Applications for the programme opened on June 27

Image
05-August-2022

Kora Becomes New Investment Project at the Commonwealth Business Forum

By Adedapo Adesanya As the Commonwealth Games opened in Birmingham, the United Kingdom, pan-African payments infrastructure, Kora, has been announced as a new Commonwealth-sourced foreign direct investments (FDI) project for the West Midlands. India’s first credit platform, The Disposal Company, was also announced alongside Kora. Business leaders and government officials gathered at the International Convention Centre, organised in partnership with the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, as Kora was unveiled during a presentation at the Commonwealth Business Forum. Both Commonwealth-sourced investments have been secured as a direct result of the Global Growth Programme, a new UK government-backed support package for

Image
16-August-2021

FG Sets Aside N59bn for Rural Roads Development

By Ashemiriogwa Emmanuel The federal government said it has set aside a total of N59 billion for the construction and development of rural roads. This was disclosed by the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Mr Clem Agba, who further revealed that N34 billion was specifically earmarked for rural roads development. He added that an additional N17 billion is for sustainability planning, with N8 billion from the 2021 budget for rural development. Mr Agba, while speaking at the 7th Biennial Retreat 2021  in Benin City, Edo State, stated that the development of the community solely rests on the

Image
28-September-2017

Anambra PDP Candidate, Peter Obi and Return of godfatherism in Anambra Politics

By Ibekwe Ozuigbo One dreaded monster all Anambrarians are united in condemning is political godfatherism in the state. This is a monster that has denied the state its rightful place in the country. It is a phenomenon that concentrates power, state resources and machineries in the hands of one man. States where godfatherism still exists in Nigeria are next in the lines of poverty stricken states in Nigeria. That Anambra State is godfathers-free state in Nigeria today is as a result of prayers and sacrifices made to God  by all Anambrarians. When godfatherism reared its monstrous heads in Anambra State

Image
15-September-2021

FG Sees 477% Rise in Nigeria’s e-Commerce Revenue to $75bn in 2025

By Adedapo Adesanya Nigeria’s e-commerce revenue is expected to rise by 477 per cent to $75 billion in 2025 from the current $13 billion per annum, according to a forecast presented by the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment. The projection was given by Mrs Evelyn Ngige, Permanent Secretary of the ministry on Tuesday in Abuja at the second national e-commerce roundtable organised by the ministry. Mrs Ngige, while speaking at the event themed e-Commerce in Post COVID-19 Economy, Potential Change in Business Process Outlook and Shifting Domestic and Global Policies on Commodity Trade, pointed out that Nigeria’s e-commerce

Image
27-June-2018

Staff Bus Nigeria Picks Tinubu’s N5m Startup Grant

By Dipo Olowookere The N5 million business grant set aside by the Seyi Tinubu Empowerment Project (STEP) has been won by Staff Bus Nigeria, a tech startup solving the challenges commuters face daily in Lagos. Staff Bus Nigeria emerged winner of the pitch at an event held on Tuesday in Lagos. Co-Founder of Staff Bus Nigeria, Mr Oludayo Olujekun, said the STEP initiative was already changing the game in the tech sector by providing a strong support for tech startups who solve real life problems through technology in Nigeria. “I feel excited for the future of Nigeria through STEP because

Image
24-February-2024

Aradel Holdings Spurs 2.24% Growth at NASD OTC Bourse

By Adedapo Adesanya Aradel Holdings Plc spurred a 2.24 per cent appreciation in the NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange Market on Friday, February 23. As the sole price gainer, Aradel Holdings Plc gained N200.31 during the session to close at N2,700 per unit versus its previous day’s value of N2,499.69 per unit. Conversely, FrieslandCampina Wamco Nigeria Plc ended the day as the sole price loser as it lost N4.23 to trade at N70.27 per share compared with Thursday’s closing price of N74.43 per share. Yesterday, investors smiled to the bank as their portfolios garnered a rise of N35.25 billion as

Ad
Ad
Recent Stories
Image
04-March-2024

UK Announces £37.3m to Boost Livelihoods in Nigeria, Others

By Adedapo Adesanya The United Kingdom has announced new funding for the Mobile for Development Programme to help more people access mobile and digital technologies to find new opportunities and boost their livelihoods in Nigeria and other developing countries. UK’s Minister for Development and Africa, Mr Andrew Mitchell MP, during a speech at Mobile World Congress last week, announced that the UK is providing £37.3 million of new support for the Mobile for Development Programme. The new UK funding for innovative mobile phone technology will help change lives in developing countries around the world by harnessing AI technology to provide

Image
04-March-2024

Newly-Listed Transcorp Power Targets N500bn Revenue by 2031

By Adedapo Adesanya The latest company to join the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited, Transcorp Power Plc, has announced a revenue target of N500 billion by 2031, tapping opportunities in the capital market and sustainable energy. This was disclosed by the Managing Director of the firm, Mr Peter Ikenga, during the Facts Behind the Listing held at bourse on Monday. The firm, owned by businessman and Chairman of UBA Plc, Mr Tony Elumelu, listed its stocks on the Main Board of the nation’s flagship exchange by introduction. It listed 7,500,000,000 ordinary shares of 50 Kobo each at N240.00 per share. Speaking

Image
04-March-2024

DisCos Must Promptly Respond to Customers’ Complaints—FCCPC

By Aduragbemi Omiyale Electricity distribution companies (DisCos) in the country have been charged to respond to customers’ complaints quickly for better service delivery. This task was given to the energy firms by the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), which said the companies must design a quick response mechanism to address issues from their customers. Speaking last Saturday at a four-day one-stop-shop for addressing billing, metering, transformer, connection, disconnection, customer service and other electricity consumer issues in Ikeja Electric coverage areas, the acting executive chairman of FCCPC, Mr Adamu Abdullahi, said the highest number of complaints received by the

Image
04-March-2024

Omokungbe Wants Implementation of Initiatives on Women’s Entrepreneurship

By Aduragbemi Omiyale A former Rector of Yaba College of Technology (YabaTech), Lagos, Mr Obafemi Omokungbe, has called for the implementation of programmes and initiatives designed to promote women’s entrepreneurship in Africa. Speaking at the just-concluded 10th anniversary of the African Women Foundation for Nation Building (WINBAFRICA) in Lagos, Mr Omokungbe, a fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), also appealed to African countries to renew their commitment to women’s empowerment, saying it is a crucial step towards nation-building. According to him, the journey toward women’s empowerment in Africa involves a comprehensive approach that spans various sectors, including education,

Image
04-March-2024

NGX Group Declares 75 Kobo Final Dividend Amid 57.4% Surge in FY’23 Earnings

By Aduragbemi Omiyale A final dividend of N1.5 billion, amounting to 75 Kobo per share has been declared by the board of the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Group Plc for the 2023 financial year. This brings to N1 the total dividend to be paid by the company after paying 25 Kobo (N495.5 million) as interim dividend at mid-year. In its audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2023, the NGX Group said its gross earnings increased by 57.4 per cent to N11.8 billion in FY 2023 from N7.5 billion in FY 2022 because its performances in core revenue and

Image
04-March-2024

Red Line Rail: Labour Party Demands Value for Money

By Aduragbemi Omiyale The Lagos State chapter of the Labour Party has tasked Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to ensure the recently commissioned Red Line Rail does not turn out to be another failure due to poor maintenance culture. In a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Mrs Olubunmi Odesanya, the opposition party appealed to the state government to ensure its sustainability. While greeting residents of the metropolis on the project, which was commissioned last Tuesday by President Bola Tinubu, the Labour Party faulted the timing of its completion, saying the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) ought to have put the initiative in

Image
04-March-2024

Access Bank to Give 700,000 MSMEs Access to N50bn Via YouThrive

By Modupe Gbadeyanka An initiative known as YouThrive designed to give entrepreneurs in the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) access to a N50 billion credit facility has been introduced by Access Bank Plc. The lender disclosed at a media briefing in Lagos that about 700,000 MSMEs would benefit from this programme, which is open to business owners between the ages of 21 and 40 years. YouThrive is a transformative initiative designed by Access Bank to empower, uplift, and accelerate the next generation of MSMEs. According to the Deputy Managing Director of Access Bank, Mr Victor Etuokwu, who addressed journalists

Image
04-March-2024

Peter Obi Laments Nigeria’s Dependence on War-Torn Ukraine for Food

By Adedapo Adesanya The presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 polls, Mr Peter Obi, has lamented Nigeria’s dependence on Ukraine, a country ravaged by war, for food aid. Mr Obi, in a statement on Monday, expressed dissatisfaction at the current economic realities and recounted times when the Nigerian economy was faring better than that of Ukraine in 2015. “Ukraine cultivates over 60 per cent of its arable land, whereas Nigeria has over 60 per cent uncultivated arable land. “Despite the conflict, Ukraine feeds itself, and exports agricultural products worth over $25 billion which is about the same

Image
04-March-2024

AfDb Injects $134m Into Rice, Maize, Cassava, Soybean Production in Nigeria

By Adedapo Adesanya The African Development Bank (AfDB) is supporting Nigeria in the cultivation of rice, maize, cassava and soybean to boost food production with the provision of $134 million to achieve this. The president of the multilateral lender, Mr Akinwunmi Adesina, said on Saturday after visiting the Centre for Dryland Agriculture (CDA) at Bayero University, Kano, that the bank would support Nigeria to cultivate 300,000 hectares each of rice and maize, 150,000 hectares of cassava and 50,000 hectares of soybeans during the 2024 planting season. The CDA is a World Bank-supported centre established to serve as a regional training

Image
04-March-2024

Salesforce Unveils Conversational AI Assistant Einstein Copilot

By Modupe Gbadeyanka A new customisable, conversational, and generative AI assistant for CRM, Einstein Copilot, has been launched by Salesforce. The system was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, and it will use adequate company data to generate useful responses. The Einstein Copilot enables Salesforce customers to generate responses using their private and trusted data, while maintaining strict data governance and without requiring expensive AI model training. As a result, Einstein Copilot can answer questions, summarise content, create new content, interpret complex conversations, and dynamically automate tasks on behalf of a user, all from a single, consistent