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Air Peace Chairman Commissions Self-named Edifice at University of Ibadan

The Chairman of Air Peace, Barrister Allen Onyema, has commissioned a new guest house at the University of Ibadan as an alumnus of the institution, under the auspices of the University of Ibadan Alumni Association, UIAA.

The newly commissioned imposing 110million naira guest house, named 'Allen Onyema Edifice, is a modern multiple rooms guest house at the heart of the University.

The commissioning took place at a special ceremony organised by the UIAA at the University, on Saturday, May 14, 2022, and attended by the Sultan of Sokoto and Chancellor of the University, His Royal Majesty, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar, Chief John Odigie, Chairman of the University Governing Council, Professor Kayode Adebowale, Vice-chancellor of the University and chief host, and the executive members of the UIAA.

In his remarks, Onyema, while calling for an increased funding for Nigeria’s university system, stressed that Nigerians should be proud of their institutions. “We need to be proud of Nigerian universities. That’s how it was in the good old days. We need to rediscover those days”, he stated.

The Air Peace boss, who was recognised with the Alumnus of the Year Award by the University in 2019, used the medium to plead with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to call off their strike for the sake of the nation and the wellbeing of the students.

Lauding the UIAA President, Professor Elsie Adewoye, for her hardwork in bringing to fruition the new guest house , Onyema added that people like her should be recognised by Nigerian government. He challenged her to make good use of the influence of personalities like the Sultan and John Odigie to attract more investments to the University.

In her speech, the President of the Alumni Association, Professor Adewoye, narrated how Onyema emerged as the Alumnus of the Year in 2019, and donated handsomely to the Ransome Kuti Hall where he stayed during his days at the institution.

According to Professor Adewoye, Onyema is simply a blessing to humanity, a blessing to Nigeria, and a blessing to the University of Ibadan.

Barr Allen Onyema is a proud alumnus of the University of Ibadan where he bagged an LLB Degree and has never ceased to identify with the initiatives and activities of the institution, especially through funding of specific projects.

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