Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema has urged aviation workers, especially those in the airline arm of the industry, to imbibe the virtues of hard work, humility, honesty and integrity to save their organisations from going down.
Onyema made the call during a reception held in honour of retiring Air Peace Flight Operations Manager, Mr. Olawale Olajide in Lagos.
The Air Peace boss decried the increasing trend of dishonesty among airline staff, saying a lot of carriers had been destroyed by their workers’ lack of integrity and disloyalty.
He described Olajide as a dedicated, hardworking, honest and humble man of exceptional integrity and professionalism in the aviation industry.
Olajide, he said, joined Air Peace as pioneer Flight Operations Manager on July 1, 2013 and made huge contributions to the carrier’s ascendancy to the leadership of the air travel business in Nigeria and West Africa.
“Olajide would have retired two years ago. When he came to tell me, I couldn’t take it; I told him he was going nowhere until I say it is okay for him to leave. He honoured my request to stay for another two years. If you have not got to the stage your employer will not allow you to leave, then you should begin to ask yourself questions. I want all of us here to make it impossible for your employer to let you go. Olajide is a man of integrity and honesty,” he said.
Onyema thanked Olajide’s spouse, Paulina and children for supporting their patriarch to sustain his reputation of hard work and honesty. He urged Olajide’s children to follow their father’s example and acquit themselves creditably in their different places of work.
Onyema later presented a certificate of excellence, cash and car to Olajide, saying Air Peace was grateful for his dedication to duty and would miss his valuable contributions to its flight operations.
Responding, Olajide said he was grateful to the Chairman and Air Peace for the opportunity offered him to contribute to efforts to grow the airline. He assured that he would continue to be part of the carrier’s vision to transform air travel in the country and beyond.