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ExecuJet regrets flying “useless” Naira Marley and others

ExecuJet boss claims he assumed it was Minister Babatunde Fashola that was going to Abuja.

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ExecuJet regrets flying “useless” Naira Marley and others

Following the indefinite suspension placed on the operations of Executive Jets Services (ExecuJet) by the Ministry of Aviation on Monday, the management of the flight company has apologised for misleading the ministry on the identity of the passengers it flew to Abuja from Lagos last Saturday.

In a letter sent to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, the Chairman of the company, Sam Iwuajoku, apologized for the flight and disclosed that the aircraft was to carry a judge to Abuja on Sunday as requested and a permit was granted based on the application.

According to the ExecuJet boss, when he called the Judge on Saturday morning to inform him that the flight had been secured, he found that the Judge was already in Abuja via a different flight.

He said, “On Saturday morning, my staff called me that they had a charter flight to Abuja and that the passengers were 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 Honourable Minister of Works going to Abuja with his men, so we decided to do the flight since he is a serving minister of the country. 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.”

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Meanwhile, Nairametrics had reported on Monday that the Ministry of Aviation announced the indefinite suspension of ExecuJet airline for false information and for flying Naira Marley to Abuja for a concert contrary to the federal government’s interstate travel ban.

While the company will be fined, the Flight Captain will also be sanctioned for providing false information. Sirika said that the airline had used the approval granted for a legal flight operation to convey Naira Marley to Abuja for an illegal concert.

ExecuJet has operations in six regions – Africa, Asia Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East – embracing a workforce of more than 750 experienced staff.

Abiola has spent about 14 years in journalism. His career has covered some top local print media like TELL Magazine, Broad Street Journal, The Point Newspaper.The Bloomberg MEI alumni has interviewed some of the most influential figures of the IMF, G-20 Summit, Pre-G20 Central Bank Governors and Finance Ministers, Critical Communication World Conference.The multiple award winner is variously trained in business and markets journalism at Lagos Business School, and Pan-Atlantic University. You may contact him via email - [email protected]

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  1. O Momoh

    June 16, 2020 at 10:35 am

    Abiola, can you not see that the letter you are quoting is fake? Execujet does not use a gmail address for their emails. And the grammar is so poor. Please do some elementary verification before rushing to publication. I’m sure you did not even check with Execujet if they issued such a letter.

  2. 9jaRealist

    June 16, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    LOL! Letter smells fishy though. The judge mentioned by the Aviation Minister Hon Justice Adefope-Okojie is FEMALE. Accordingly, if Mr. Iwuajoku spoke to the judge, he would not be referring to the judge as “him” or “he”. Btw, if the letter is authentic, Execujet should NOT be flouting extant regulations even for Ministers.

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FG to open Kano, new MM International Airports for use in March

The new MAKIA terminal, new Murtala Muhammed international Airport (MMIA) will be ready before the end of March 2021.

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The Federal Government is to open the new Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) terminal, and new Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) for business before the end of March 2021, while the Akanu Ibiam International Airport (AIIA), Enugu terminal will come on stream in due course.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, recently at the Nigeria’s National Action Committee on the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), where part of his mission was to advocate support for the industry.

He said, “We also advocate for special support for aviation industry specifically, to fast track systems upgrade in Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Port Harcourt and Enugu in a view to matching international best standards.

“In our own modest way in Nigeria, we have developed these five airports. We have completed Abuja, Port Harcourt and put to use. Kano is completed and will be put to use in March, Lagos will be put to use in the same March and Enugu in due course.”

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MMA2 imports new x-ray machines from US

MMA2, Lagos took delivery of new x-ray machines ordered by Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL) to upgrade its facilities.

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The Murtala Muhammed Airport, Terminal 2, Lagos has taken delivery of new x-ray machines ordered by Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL) to upgrade its facilities on Friday.

This was disclosed by the Group Corporate Affairs Manager of BASL, operator of MMA2, Mikail Mumuni, in a statement on Friday.

He said, “The equipment imported from the US arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos Wednesday night from where they were later moved to MMA2.

”Installation of the x-ray machines and air conditioners will commence on Friday evening and that this would be completed within one week.”

The BASL spokesperson quoted the acting Head of Business of the company, Mr. Ralph Uchegbu as saying that “the installation of the new X-ray machines and air conditionals will further reinforce the status of MMA2 as the nation’s pre-eminent airport terminal in terms of customers security and comfort.”

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  • BASL recently announced that it had invested over $500,000 massive upgrading of its X-ray machines and air conditioning systems for passengers safety, security and comfort.

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