We Don’t Use Chartered Flights, CBN Denies
The CBN on Saturday denied the allegations that Godwin Emefiele, the CBN governor, has been using private chattered flights for his official travels.
Mr Isaac Okorafor, who is the bank’s spokesperson, made it very clear that it has been happening in the past years, but has been stopped in the 1990s.
Mr Okafor further said that, chattered flights were used back then so as to make urgent travels to meet needs in locations that are not easily accessible or in some cases where it can be used to save time in matter of national importance.
He said that, these was also practiced when Charlse Soludo and were Governors of the CBN to meet urgent national assignments, further saying that this has been stopped before the current Govrnor, Mr. Emefiele, resumed office.
In the year 2015, Mr Okorafor made it clear that following the nation’s economic difficulties of the present administration, the governor gave an order to put a stop on the use of chartered flights by the bank.
“From that point, Mr Emefiele nor any of his assistants has not used any private chartered flights and the bank haven’t paid a single penny for the services of private jets,” Mr Okorafor Explained.
Reports were made that Mr. Emefiele and also Mr Ibe Kachikwu, the Minister of State for Petroleum, used a Canadian private jets company, which the Ex Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, used on a regular basis.
It was said that both men used the services of a private Chartered flight for the burial ceremony of Mr. Emefiele’s mother.