One of the nation’s domestic airliner, Air Peace, is assuming a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) mode and offering to evacuate stranded Nigerians in South Africa back to their country.
The carrier says its motive is to complement efforts of the Federal Government to check the death of Nigerians residing in South Africa. This is making headlines in all major newspapers and creating massive leverage for Air Peace.
Violence against immigrants broke out in South Africa on Sunday and has sparked angry reactions across the continent. Anti-foreigner attacks in Johannesburg has triggered violence and widespread looting of South Africa-owned brands in Nigeria. There have therefore been widespread concerns about the safety of Nigerians residing in the country.
This is a commendable CSR initiative by Air Peace as to offer to make such huge investment for the social welfare of Nigerians trapped in a foreign country.
Meanwhile the Airline’s Chief Operating Officer, Mrs Oluwatoyin Olajide, in seeing this through has written a letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, requesting the Nigerian Government to assist the airline in facilitating this process.
Hear her: “We cannot fold our hands and watch our fellow Nigerians being killed by South Africans. To this end, Air Peace is willing to support the Nigerian government‘s effort in this matter by deploying our B777 aircraft immediately to South Africa to evacuate Nigerians back home.
“The Federal Government should ask the Nigerian Embassy and the South African Government to rescue stranded Nigerians by transporting them to the airport to enable the airline to evacuate them back to Nigeria,” she adds.
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