The management of Medview Airline has refuted the report in a section of the media that the company was engrossed in a scam of $900,000, meant for Hajj operations in 2019 but could not be accounted for.
The airline in a media statement signed by its Business Development Director, Alhaj Ishiaq Na’Allah, said the invitation of the airline’s Chief Executive, Alhaji Muneer Bankole by the Economic And Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, was to shed light on the airline’s Hajj Operations contract with National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, (NAHCON).
The statement said there was no scam or diversion of funds meant for the 2019 Hajj airlift, and said the funds were utilized for necessary preparations including aircraft maintenance and payment to service providers.
It cleared the air that the much-touted $900,000, was paid by NAHCON directly to two service providers in Saudi Arabia namely, the General Authority of Aviation, ($400,000) and Taibah Airports Development Company ($500,000) on July 5, 2019.
The statement said among other things, “in spite of deft moves by some highly placed persons to frustrate the airline from the operations with the late release of funds, Medview Airline airlifted 4,387 pilgrims from Kaduna, Yobe and Ogun States. The Pilgrims Boards in those states are living witnesses of the operation,” it stated.
It also made known that “in line with the terms and conditions of the contract with NAHCON, a Presidential committee was raised to reconcile the differences in payment to Medview Airline and the number of pilgrims airlifted, and this later led to the constitution of a Ministerial Committee, where all issues were resolved”.
Medview Airline however pledged to return to its leadership role in Hajj operations as the entire scenario were artificial and an attempt to smear the company’s good name.Share