Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing, has said it is ridiculous for Sam Iwuajoku, Chairman of Executive Jets Services Limited, to have linked with flouting the lockdown order in the country.
In a statement on Tuesday by Hakeem Bello, his spokesperson, the minister said he has not left Abuja, since March 22.
“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.
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“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,” the statement read.
Iwuajoku, in a letter to the aviation ministry, had said he thought Fashola was the passenger being flown to Abuja from Lagos. He said he did not know it was Azeez Fashola, also known as Naira Marley, that was being flown.