- Chidozie Uzoezie
African Pact Against Suicide Honours Ethiopian Airlines
Leaders, singers and volunteers from different African nations gathered in Nigeria to witness the presentation of Africa Outstanding Airline of the year Award on Ethiopian Airline. Africa Project Against Suicide in Conjunction with South west Nigeria Excellence Awards honoured Ethiopian Airlines with the Africa Outstanding Airline of the year. The event held on Sunday 20th January at the Conference Centre of Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife, Osun State. It was well attended by members of the Association from all over the Africa. Mrs. Firihiewot Mekonnen while receiving the Award on behalf of the Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines GabrielMariam Tewolde thanked the Organisers for the Award.
In her words "Ethiopian Airlines will always support great ideas that will uplift the standard of living for Africans. As this program will also be launched in different African countries including Ethiopia I am proposing that you take ET as the official carrier when ever you fly. ET is a pan African carrier that supports any project which aims for the betterment of Africa.
Ethiopian Airlines is the biggest Airline in Africa and has been recognised as the African four star Airline. It is a member of the Global Star Alliance and flies the newest Aircraft Brands in Africa including the B787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A350 ".
The conference came as a United States-based organisation-Leadership in Obscurity Network, had officially entered into partnership with the African Project Against Suicide (APAS) in a one-year-long crusades being undertaken by the latter. The Overall Coordinator of APAS, Pastor Honey Olawale; South Africa Coordinator, Reholegile Mehlape, and Eastern Africa Coordinator, Daniel Madalanga jointly stated that the terms of the partnership include training of selected African leaders on suicide prevention. According to him, 10 countries within Africa are participating in the first phase of anti-suicide project. The countries are South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Gambia, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Egypt and Mauritius.
As for Nigeria, however, cities listed for the war-against-suicide crusades and concerts are Lagos, Ibadan, Port Harcourt, Benin, Abuja, Kaduna and Enugu. He said that Ethiopian Airlines was the official Airline for the conference as members from all over Africa travelled to Nigeria with the Airline.