Onyema honoured with National Productivity Order of Merit Award

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Ime Akpan

The chairman of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema, has been conferred with the National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) award.

President Muhammadu Buhari presented the award to the airline chief at the 19th National Productivity Day held yesterday in Abuja.

The airline said Onyema won the award under the Employers of Labour category his recognition of his “giant strides in entrepreneurship, massive job creation and overall economic achievements.”

The airline added that Onyema was honoured alongside other recipients including chairman of Glo, Mr. Mike Adenuga, chairman/founder of Zenith Bank, Mr. Jim Ovia, founder of BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu and managing director of The La Casera Company Plc, Mr. Chinedum Okereke

Receiving the award, Onyema commended the president and the ministry of labour and reiterated his commitment to the Nigerian project.

He said he would continue to use his entrepreneurship to impact Nigeria’s economy and carry out more social impact initiatives.

“Nigeria is our country and we all must do all we can to take her to greater heights,” he added.

Speaking to journalists at the event, the minister of labour and employment, Dr Chris Ngige, said the conferment of NPOM award “is a positive step by government to institutionalise productivity consciousness and excellence in service among workers and organisations in Nigeria towards redirecting their efforts to the growth and development of our economy.”

The award is also meant to reward the most productive workers and organisations in both public and private sectors for diligence, high performance, high productivity and research achievements; encourage and foster the spirit of healthy competition among workers, firms and companies in Nigeria, and encourage the spirit of self-reliance.

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