Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works has reacted to the statement of Executive Jets flight company linking him to controversial Nigerian Artiste, Azeez Fashola popularly known as Naira Marley.
Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation had on Monday suspended ExecuJets flight company for conveying Naira Marley to Abuja amid the flight ban imposed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
However, ExecuJets which tendered a written apology to the federal government in its defense stated that BABATUNDE FASHOLA was the name of the flight applicant which led the company to think it was the honourable Minister of Works.
However, reacting to the statement, Babatunde Fashola stated that it was ridiculous to associate his name with the controversial artiste.
This was contained in a statement released by Hakeem Bello, the Minister’s Special Adviser on Communication.
The statement reads;
“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.”