Air Peace signed a four-year contract in Lagos on Wednesday with the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) as the official airline of the national football team.
NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, who led an NFF team for the signing, praised Air Peace management for its support and partnership in building a united Nigeria.
All the news reports that the partnership is expected to usher in a new phase for football in Nigeria.
Pinnick said the four-year contract was backed with N300 million to develop football.
According to the NFF president, the airline is investing N200 million in cash and N100 million in other forms of support.
Pinnick said that with the partnership, the national soccer team would fly in the airline’s new plane for away games for the next four years.
“We now have an official plane to fly the team to and from away games. It is one of the newest aircraft in the world.
“We are working very hard to ensure that the players in the EPL travel with us to Cape Verde.
“Air Peace has been at the forefront of promoting national peace and unity.
“We decided to partner with the airline because it’s really nationalistic,” he said.
Pinnick described Air Peace chairman Allen Onyema as a great nationalist.
He promised that NFF would abide by the terms of the contract.
In response, Onyema said Air Peace supported Nigerian football despite the challenges facing the airline industry.
According to him, the aid is intended to rekindle unity, love and brotherhood among Nigerians.
Onyema urged Nigerians to believe in the country and work for the betterment of society.
“I am proud of the efforts of the NFF president.
“We must embrace and promote a united Nigeria regardless of ethnicity, religious culture and tradition.
“We must come together to support the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“This current administration has impacted more indigenous businesses; Air Peace is a beneficiary,” he said.
The Air Peace chairman said the government has helped airlines a lot by eliminating some of the charges.
He said that Air Peace the… Super Eagles to Cape Verde in his new plane.
Onyema said the airline is committed to supporting the national team and the Nigerians.
“Air Peace is at the forefront of sponsoring clubs and local leagues,” he said.
Onyema called on investors and business organizations to support the national team as part of corporate social responsibility.