Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji FASHOLA (SAN) blasts ExecuJet for linking him to Naira Marley’s flight
Former Lagos State governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola react to ExecuJet chairman apology letter for tagging him with Nigeria street singer Naira Marley music concert issue
Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji FASHOLA (SAN), has lambasted private aircraft charter operator, Executive Jet Services, for linking him to the flight which took singer, Azeez Fashola popularly known as Naira Marley, to Abuja over the weekend to hold a music concert.
The singer, alongside ex-Big Brother Naija housemate, Kim Oprah, and eight others boarded the company’s flight in violation of journey ban which resulted in the suspension of the firm’s licence by way of the Federal Government of Nigeria on Monday, 15th of June, 2020.
Former Lagos Governor and contemporary Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has reacted to a letter written with the aid of the Chairman of Executive Jets Services, Sam Iwuajoku, apologizing to the Federal Government after his employer was once banned by the Ministry of Aviation for conveying singer, Naira Marley, to Abuja from Lagos for a concert in violation of COVID-19 guidelines.
Based on the minister, Babatunde Raji Fashola, he hasn't travelled out of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, since 22nd of March, 2020; so it is really ridiculous for him to be linked with the flight that carried the singer.
On Monday, 15th of June, 2020, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika had introduced the suspension of Executive Jets services when the Presidential Task Force are giving brief in Abuja, leading the company to express regret pronouncing he gave the approval for the flight wondering the passenger was the current minister Fashola, as the flight manifesto contained the title Babatunde Fashola, now not knowing that it was Naira Marley's brother who is also bearing the title Babatunde Fashola.
Reacting in an announcement on Tuesday, 16th of June, 2020, the Minister Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) Special Adviser on Communications, Hakeem Bello, said;
“The attention of the Office of the Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN, has been drawn to a letter signed by the Chairman/CEO of Executive Jets Services Limited, Dr Sam Iwuajoku concerning a flight it operated to Abuja last weekend.
“For purposes of clarity and in order to set the records straight, the Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, has not travelled out of Abuja since March 22, 2020, when he returned there after an inspection tour of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway construction work and a visit to Lagos, before the lockdown.
“The decision of the Hon. Minister not to travel was taken in strict compliance with the Federal Government’s ban on inter-state travels as part of efforts to control the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It is therefore ridiculous for Dr Iwuajoku to attempt to link the Hon. Minister with any non-compliant flight.”