MAURICE OKAFOR in Enugu writes that Chief Maduka Onyishi, the chairman/chief executive officer of ‘PEACE GROUP’ belongs to the class of Nigerians who has risen to stardom from a humble beginning, through dint of hard work and abiding faith in God Almighty.
Evangelist Maduka Onyishi who is also the Managing Director of Peace Mass Transit, a commercial transport company that virtually have branches in almost the thirty six states of the country with over five thousand workers in his monthly pay roll constructed and asphalted a 2 – kilometer road that links his immediate community, Umunkaka and the Nsukka campus of University of Nigeria[UNN] as part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of his company.
The Peace Mass Transit Boss, who has never held any government appointment or handled any government contract award from any state government or federal government, said the gesture is part of his CSR to his immediate community, Umunkaka and the University of Nigeria community.
He also recounted that his initial business capital of One thousand and two hundred naira [N1,200] in 1985, was part of the royalties garnered from UNN that accrued to his family, given to him by his mother.
“That money was paid to our village for our cash crops because we are the owners of this place and the university had to pay us for the cash crop. The money was handed over to me by my mother.
“So, we are here today because of the University of Nigeria; we are here today because my mother trusted me; we are here today because God said ‘my son, with this, you will make exploits’.
“Since 1985 that I started business with N1,200 which was given to me by the university, I have never taken a loan,” Onyishi disclosed.
He expressed hope that the new road will ginger a formidable relationship between his community and the Nsukka campus community, as well as enhancing socio economic activities among the people.
Chief Onyishi stated: “This road is aimed at opening up access between our community and the university, we want the university staff to live in our community, we want the students to live in our community, we want the University community to do their shopping along our street so that our village will feel the impact of the University more than it has ever done before.”
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, while commissioning the two kilometre road on Friday, February 22, was full of enthusiasm for the Peace Mass Transit Boss, Chief Maduka, and called on other wealthy indigenes of Enugu state to borrow a leaf from Chief Maduka, to make impact in their respective communities with one project or another.
Governor Ugwuanyi stated: “In a special way, therefore, we commend Chief Sam Onyishi for adding value to this project, to the vision and benevolence of constructing this road. We urge all well-meaning Enugu citizens to key into the rural and urban development scheme of the State Government by carrying out similar projects in their respective localities and various areas of operation’.
“The road, which is to be henceforth known as Samuel Maduka Onyishi Road, comes as a welcome complement to our government’s urbanisation initiative in Nsukka area’.
The Authority checks revealed that Chief Onyishi is doing two similar road projects at Emene axis of Enugu metropolis to link his Emene base camp and another to link his staff quarters, solely from his pocket. He said the estimated cost of doing all the road projects, he embarked upon will amount to four hundred million naira[N400M],even though there are economic hard times ,they are part of his own corporate social responsibility, in giving back to the society.
A few years back, the Peace Mass Transit Boss had built and equipped a health center for his community, while many indigent youths are enjoying his scholarship scheme.
Amidst the rising cost of procuring vehicle spare parts abroad, occasioned by the inflationary rates in the country, Chief Maduka instead of reducing the staff strength of his workers, boasts of increasing their pay packages to suit market demands.
A welfare package of dashing a vehicle to drivers who are retiring after fifteen years of meritorious service to his company is already an established policy in his company.
The PEACE GROUP under the management of Chief Maduka Onyishi has further expanded from a mere transport company to an assembling plant and manufacturer of lubrication oils and vehicle fluids, using local contents and indigenous staff.