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FG likely to sell helicopters, jets

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Indications have emerged that the Federal Government may soon embark on the sale of aircraft owned by its ministries, departments and agencies.

The affected aircraft according to Punch are those no longer in use by the MDAs due to old age or lack of fund and maintenance.

Another national newspaper  had reported on Friday that President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the sale of nine aircraft in the Presidential Air Fleet but this was denied by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu.

However, findings on Saturday showed that the President had received a report, detailing the total number of aircraft in the PAF, and the number and types of aircraft owned by ministries, departments and agencies.

However, it was not clear if President Buhari had agreed with the report or given approval for the sale of some aircraft in the PAF and those owned by the MDAs.

Sources in the Presidency, who are aware of the content of the report, however told our correspondent that the report listed a total of 13 aircraft under the PAF.

These include the nine aircraft that are being used by the President and four others that are categorised under the Executive Airlift.

The Executive Airlift craft are used for carrying top government officials like the Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Heads of State of other countries and other top government officials who may be on special national assignments.

It was learnt from Presidency sources that the report also listed over 25 aircraft as belonging to MDAs out of which a significant number must be sold.

The source said, “The report before the President recommended that all these aircraft numbering over 25 should be drastically reduced by selling most of them. Most of them are avenues for corruption, wastage and leakages in the system.

“Some of the MDAs are not running all the aircraft and there are budgetary provisions that are being made for their maintenance and running on yearly basis. There are no pilots flying some of the helicopters. Since most of them are not being maintained and run, the report said they should be sold and the money put in the treasury. Only a few of the aircraft will be retained. Apart from the helicopters that are used for operations, some of the MDAs have ultra-modern and expensive private jets. The report is querying what they are using them for.”

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