Recession: President Buhari orders sale of 2 presidential jets

The Federal Government has listed two jets in the Presidential fleet for immediate sale.

The jets: Falcon 7x and Hawker 4000, were advertised on page 35 of Tuesday’s Thisday Newspapers

The adverts showed the performance and specifications of the jets, which indicated that they were still in good condition.

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Interested buyers are to inspect the Falcon at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International, Airport Abuja while the Hawker 4000 would be inspected at Cessna Zurich Citation Service Centre, Zurich, Switzerland.

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With selling of the air craft, the number of planes on the presidential fleet will be reduced to nine.

President Muhammadu Buhari as part of his campaign promise pledged to sell off most of the planes on the fleet to save cost.

The Presidency on Tuesday confirmed the sale, hinting that some of the aircraft will be given to the Nigerian Air Force for its operations.

Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, made this known in a statement in Abuja.

Shehu stated that the advertisements were duly authorised by the Presidency.

According to him, this is in line with the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari that aircraft in the presidential air fleet be reduced to cut cost.

He said that “when he (President Buhari) campaigned to become President, then being APC candidate Muhammadu Buhari, he promised to look at the presidential air fleet with a view to cutting down on waste.

“His directive to a government committee on this assignment is that he will like to see a compact and reliable aircraft for the safe airlift of government officials that go on special missions.

“This exercise is by no means complete.

“I am sure the Commander of Presidential air fleet will any time from now, call you to a ceremony at which he will hand over some aircraft to the Air Force for their operations.’’

The Presidential Aircraft Fleet contains 10 aircraft.

They are Boeing Business Jet (Boeing 737-800 or AirForce One), one Gulfstream 550, one Gulfstream V (Gulfstream 500) and two Falcons 7X.

Others are one Hawker Sidley 4000, two AgustaWestland AW 139 helicopters and twoAgustaWestland AW 101 helicopter.

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