- The federal government has lifted a ban on executive jets services
- The airline was meant to convey a judge, rather, it conveyed a popular musician, Naira Marley
- Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, had suspended the airline indefinitely for violating COVID-19 guidelines
After some weeks of suspension, the federal government has lifted the ban placed on the Executive Jets Services.
The Nation reports that the airline service was suspended indefinitely by the minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, for violating the licence approved to operate a flight from Lagos to Abuja and back to Lagos.
Legit.ng gathered the flight which the service got a license for, was meant to convey a judge but it conveyed the popular musician, Azeez Fashola, also known as Naira Marley despite the restriction on interstate movements and flights.
Sirika said the ministry decided to lift the ban following the compliance of the service with sanctions imposed on it.
The minister disclosed this in Abuja during the briefing by members of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
He said: “Today, we lifted the ban on Executive Jets Air Services Limited. They have complied substantially with all of our imposed sanctions.
“They have paid parts of the fine and they have brought out a payment plan for the balance. So, we lifted the ban and they will continue to do their business. These are not punitive, they are things to make our industry work better and keep all of you safe.”
The minister also revealed that he was yet to get the report on the investigation conducted by the aviation industry following a violation of the COVID-19 protocols by dignitaries.
He said: “As to the VIP offenders which are undergoing investigation, the report will be on my desk this week hopefully and we will keep you posted.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the federal government gave an update concerning the restrictions of international flights.
It was reported that Sirika made clarifications on the issue on Tuesday, July 22. Sirika, a former senator, was reacting to reports that the restriction of international flights is now Thursday, October 15, as against the Wednesday, August 19, a date previously reported.
Nigeria placed travel restrictions on international flights into the country on Saturday, March 21, after coronavirus cases hit double figures.
The airport closure was meant to last one month but as cases grew globally, the date of resumption got postponed domestic flights have, however, resumed in the country with strict measures on COVID-19 guidelines being adopted.
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