As a way of contributing to the lives of Nigerian returnees affected by the xenophobic attacks ongoing in South Africa, the Chairman Chief Executive Officer of Frank Jully Motors, Mr Frank Anumudu Nnolum has provided over 10 Executive Sienna vehicles to convey affected victims to their respective states without a fee.
Mr Anumudu made this known on Friday, during the one day award presentation programme held at Glamour Hotel and Suites, Utako, Abuja. Themed: Peace Building Promotion Among Citizens, the gains, towards engendering National Cohesion organized by Centre for Peace, Transparency and Accountability CPTA, in collaboration with other Civil Society Groups.
CPTA expressed serious concern over evacuated Nigerians, and stressed the need for their rehabilitation before resettling them with their respective families in order to cushion the psychological effects of the xenophobic attack and its trauma on the returnees.
Speaking at the event, Executive Director of Amb. Agbonkpolor Aironmwanbor Splendour, commended Mr Frank Anumudu for stretching his patriotism to ensure Nigerians safety while stating that the civil society groups acknowledges Honourable Geoffrey Onyeama owner of Air Peace Airline for his swift action to first evacuate 178 Nigerians from South Africa, whose lives were under grave threat by the incessant xenophobic attack while Nigerians, Ghanaians in Europe seek AU’s intervention.
Also speaking at the event, the President of Civil Society Groups for Good Governance, Comrade Ogakwu Dominic also admonished that Nigeria returnees should remain law abiding, even as they are back to their fatherland, instating that the government cares so much about their safety, not only in South Africa but also in all other parts of the world.
“The first batch of Nigerians arrived the MurtalaMohammed International Airport, Lagos at 9.23 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11” he added.
Ambassador Splendour further commended Mr Frank on his goodwill, as he revealed that over 640 Nigerians have indicated interest to return from South Africa and had registered to do so.
He said “More to it, actions has further shown Humanitarian Land Transport Support Volunteerism, by Frank Jully Motors, to convey Nigeria returnees from Lagos to their various states of residence in Nigeria to meet their respective families as a token of support to the Federal Government to convey Nigerians from South Africa, free of charge.”
“Mr. Frank volunteered free transportation logistics, by way of deploying ten (10) of his Executive Siena Vehicles , this is a demonstration of true patriotism and independent selfless service to the Nation.”
Comrade Olurunfemi Edwin, Executive Director, Centre for Policy Advocacy and Leadership Development, urged on spirited Nigerians to emulate the patriotic action of Mr. Frank Anumudu while expressing further displeasure at the actions of South African youths against Nigerians living in their country, which he considered inimical to peace, unity and development of Africa continent, he finally added that South Africans has violated the diplomatic peace truce between both countries.
In appreciation, Mr Frank Anumudu thanked all members of the civil society groups for finding him worthy of such bestowment.
He said; “I have received awards overtime but none is as big as this, Jully Motors is committed to national development, we frown at the incessant xenophobic attacks and we commiserate with our brothers/sisters in South Africa, providing free means of transportation is our own little way of showing it, we hope to do more with time.”
Finally Mr Ogakwu in his closing remarks further urged Mr Anumudu to continue with his good works as the Civil Society Group will continue to bring to limelight all good deeds from his end.
He also beckoned on Nigerians to remain committed to peace building in order to engender an egalitarian society.
“Peace and Unity remains the Hall of Development for every Nation, He added.’’