Air Peace says it has distributed food items to several indigent families in Lagos as part of its corporate social responsibility to cushion the effect of the lockdown occasioned by COVID-19, pandemic.
Mr Allen Onyema, Chairman, Air Peace, in a statement on Saturday, said that the airline always stands up for Nigerians in challenging times.
Onyema said that the airline was aware that the current lockdown has made it difficult for many Nigerians to go out for a living as they are compelled by government directive to stay at home, to curtail the spread of Coronavirus.
He said that the initiative to give out food items was inspired by the need to provide succour to the less privileged, many of whom survive on daily earning from their work but can no longer work due to the stay at home order.
“What we have done in our own way is touching the lives of the people directly. That’s why we came to Makoko, which is populated by very indigent people.
” We are providing them bags of rice and cartons of noodles. This large turnout of people is a witness to the fact that there is hunger. We cannot leave the care for the people to government alone.
“The private sector must be involved in this. If you have N2 million in your house, use N200, 000 to help people around you. If you have N1 million, use N100, 000 to help people. We are living in extraordinary times.
“In one way or the another, let us take positives from the Coronavirus situation. Now, people have discovered that wealth is nothing because you cannot take this money to your grave.
“So, you must do anything you can to touch the lives of people around you. My happiness will not be complete if people around me do not benefit from my prosperity,” the Air Peace Chairman said.
He said that the airline’s officials visited Sabo, Makoko and Ajegunle areas of Lagos where they gave out food items, includes bags of rice, cartons of noodles and loaves of bread to hundreds of people.
He added that the beneficiaries were those who’s sources of livelihood have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 lockdown.
Elated by Air Peace gestures, the Baale of Okira Olayeni in Ajegunle, Mr Taiwo Olayeni, expressed gratitude to the airline.
“I am very happy that the company came to our area to feed us. We have been expecting this gesture from corporate organisations for over three weeks now.
”I am very happy for Air Peace and I pray that God will continue to prosper the company. This is a very happy thing for me.
” I am so happy that they selected my community to benefit from their good gesture, so, I don’t know how I can thank the company. But I know that God will continue to prosper Air Peace and those that will benefit from the company’s kindness,” he said. (NAN)