Nigeria’s Airline Air Peace Increase workers salary

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The crew of Nigeria’s largest airline, Air Peace Monday celebrated heartily with airline chairman, Allen Onyema as they received a raise of up to 100%.

When the workers who appreciated the gesture saw the salary alert, they were shocked and noticed that everyone received a raise from the company management. Some employees received 100 per cent increases, while the highest earners only got 10 per cent increases.

The Chairman and CEO of the airline, Allen Onyema was literally mobbed at the domestic terminal of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos by the elated workers of the company who danced around him, thanking him for his benevolence, as some said that it was least expected at these hard times, when airlines all over the world are struggling to survive due to the devastation of Covid-19 pandemic.

Reporters were told by jubilant workers that what was surprising about the increase is the fact that it happened when so many companies are laying off workers, especially those in the aviation industry as a result of the recent recession.

Cabin Services Manager, Florence Opia who spoke on the increase said the airline staff were over-excited because it was not expected and it came at a time when some organisations are cutting the salary of their staff and others are laying off their workforce, describing the Chairman of the company as kind-hearted and magnanimous, adding that he cares for the welfare of his workers.

“The increase even came at a time when we are not operating many flights. We used to operate 135 flights a day but now we operate relatively fewer flights and he still gave us such an increase across the board, to everybody. It was shocking. We could not believe it.

“The raise will boost the morale of the workers to dedicate themselves more to the company. There were even some workers who were contemplating going for greener pastures. I am sure they will stay back now and more people from other airlines will be pushing to come in. I will like to really thank our Chairman. We have been praying for him. God will continue to protect him. He remains a pacesetter. We can never take his kindness for granted,” she said.

When asked what motivated him to give everyone in the company a raise, the Chairman of Air Peace said, “My motivation comes from God Almighty. I have told Nigerians and the world at large that I created Air Peace because of the love of my country, just to create jobs. I established Air Peace to create jobs and help my countrymen and women. The airline is not for me. I am looking forward to a Nigerian airline where the workers in generations to come will be able to say my great, great grandfather worked in Air Peace, my grandfather worked in Air Peace, my own father worked in Air Peace, here I am working for Air Peace.

So it is the legacy that matters to me. I looked at the hardship around and everything and I decided that whatever little we have, let’s push it back to the staff. It is very difficult now, we have almost 20 planes stranded abroad, depleting our capacity to do what we know how to do best. Before Covid-19, we were doing about 135 flights a day. Now we are doing about 40 to 45, yet I decided to recall every staff. Not only recalling every staff, four months ago, but I also restated them to pre-Covid-19 salaries. And now I decided that we should double their wages ranging from 10 per cent to a hundred per cent. Some people got a 100 per cent increase, some others 80 per cent, depending on where the person’s grade is,” he said.

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