The Chief Executive officer of Executive Jet services, Dr. Sam Iwuajoku has given his reaction to the suspension of his company’s license by the Minister of Aviation, Haidi Sirika.
It will be recalled that the operating license of Executive jets was suspended on Monday after it was discovered by the Ministry of Aviation that Naira Marley and his crew broke the presidential order on ban of inter state travel.
In his response to his company’s suspension, Dr. Sam in a letter addressed to the Minister of Aviation explained he mistook the name Babatunde Fashola which was on the travel manifest as that of the Minister of Works, Babatunde Fashola. According to him, upon sighting the name on the manifest he signed the travel manifest. He went to reveal that he regrets this mistake saying if he knew it was “a bunch of useless people” (referring to Naira Marley and his crew) he would have declined to sign the travel manifest.
The letter read in part: “We hereby apologize for the above flight, with your permit ref: PMA/ATMD/0175/V/V/1268 dated 11th June, 2020,” the letter read.
“Please the flight was to carry a Judge to Abuja on Sunday 14th, 2020 as requested and permit was granted based on the application, but unfortunately when I called the Judge on Saturday morning to inform him that we have the permit, he then said that he has reached Abuja already with a different flight that someone gave him a lift to Abuja.
“So on Saturday morning 13th June, 2020 my staff called me that they have a charter flight to Abuja and that the passengers are already in the lounge as a rule passenger manifest is always sent to me before any departure, when I went through the manifest and I saw FASHOLA BABATUNDE I thought it was the Honorable Minister of Works going to Abuja with his men, so we decided to do the flight since (he) is a serving minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I didn’t know that it was a bunch of useless people.
“We are very sorry for this mistake and we promise that this would not happen again.”