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How State Governors Spend Billions Of Naira On Private Jets Amidst Recession

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Some state governors are spending billions of naira to rent personal jets regardless of dwindling assets of their states, investigations have proven.

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Based on Every day Belief, just a few governors use business flights to journey to Abuja and different elements of the nation from their states as lots of them pay for chartered plane.



Whereas a number of the journeys are official engagements, others are for personal engagements.

It was found that lots of the states are in dire monetary conditions and may hardly pay salaries or meet different contractual obligations, particularly within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even within the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown final yr, state governors launched into interstate journeys, principally by personal jets. This was in clear violation of a ban to that impact, which that they had agreed on as a measure to mitigate neighborhood transmission of the virus.

For example, on Monday, June 1, 2020, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State flew into Abuja to go to President Buhari on the Presidential Villa, Abuja, to formally inform him of his intention to hunt re-election for a second time period.

On that very same day, the chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Discussion board (PGF) and governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, led six of his colleagues to Abuja to fulfill with the then Comrade Adams Oshiomhole-led Nationwide Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on what was believed to be a last-minute effort to save lots of Obaseki’s candidacy forward of the celebration’s main election in Edo.

Though a few of these journeys had been stated to have been associated to safety, it was gathered that they had been undertaken by means of personal business jets, which bumped into tons of of tens of millions of naira.

To underscore the sorry monetary scenario within the nation, the Nigerian Nationwide Petroleum Company (NNPC), final week wrote to the Accountant-Common of the Federation, warning that it will not be capable to make remittances to the Federation Account in April for distribution to the federal, state and native governments in Might as a result of it wanted to defray about N112billion value of February’s subsidy on petrol.

Latest checks on the Common Aviation Terminal (GAT) used for constitution operations on the Nnamdi Azikiwe Worldwide Airport, Abuja, and the personal hangars on the Murtala Muhammed Worldwide Airport (MMIA), Lagos, revealed that governors nonetheless patronise personal jets.

On the MMIA, Lagos, personal hangers had been busy when visited just lately, and plenty of of those that patronised them had been stated to be governors who had one engagement or one other within the state.

It was additionally learnt that many governors who patronise the personal jet operators now go to the airports in automobiles with out quantity plates, thereby making it tough to establish them.

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