Governor Wike Returns With Rivers Aircraft Abandoned In Germany

Date: 28-09-2022 4:58 pm (2 months ago) | Author: Bayo Nelson
- at 28-09-2022 04:58 PM (2 months ago)

Governor Nyesom Wike has returned an aircraft belonging to the state that was abandoned in Germany. The Legacy 600, a Rivers state owned aircraft was allegedly abandoned in Germany under unclear circumstance by the preceding administration. It was recovered and flown back to Rivers. On receipt of the aircraft flown into the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, Ikwerre Local Government Area, Tuesday, Wike said his administration wasn’t playing petty politics in the recovery of the aircraft.
Wike reiterated that it took diligent intelligence gathering by his administration to discover the asset, alleging how the administration of his predecessor and former Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi, flew the aircraft to Germany with no record of the development made available to his administration.
He said, “To the glory of God, the plane is back and Rivers people can see, Nigerians can see, it is not that we are playing politics. All we are saying, we never knew, nobody told us until we got intelligence that we have this asset somewhere.”
The Legacy 600 Aircraft, he recalled, was purchased by Dr. Peter Odili’s led Rivers government, but abandoned at the General Atomics Aerotec in Munich, Germany by the Rotimi Ameachi’s administration since 2012.
“What is very important to all of us here today is that when we came into power in 2015, nobody handed over any report or gave us handover note to let us know where such asset of the State was, only for us to hear in 2019 that this asset is somewhere”, he narrated.
He said so much state fund that would have served other state needs was expended on the aircraft, including putting it in order, certifying its air worthiness by the Nigerian government before the plane could return to Nigeria.

“Of course, we did everything we could do and we told Nigerians that the grace of God we will not allow this asset to go that way. We must return it for the people of the State to decide what they are going to do with it.

“I am so elated that at the end of the day, all of our struggles are not in vain. I think Rivers people for the support. I thank the Rivers State House of Assembly for the support. I thank the Executive for the support.

“But for their support, it would not have been possible to spend the money we spent. If you hear the money we spent, it’s money that would have been put in other development projects if we were told on time of it”,
Wike said.
Dignitaries including Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon.Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, Senator Barry Mpigi, traditional rulers and former Presidents of the Nigerian Bar Association, Onueze C. Okocha, SAN and Okey Wali, SAN who were at the reception praised Wike for again proving his determination to defend Rivers interest at all time.

Posted: at 28-09-2022 04:58 PM (2 months ago) | Hero
- Kidfreshfunmi at 28-09-2022 05:29 PM (2 months ago)
Spent significant money fixing it and making sure it's, according to you - air worthy to return to Nigeria. Am assuming that amount is probably worth more than the plane itself. Also Amaechi is a said-known thief, so not surprised. All treasury mismanagement.
Posted: at 28-09-2022 05:29 PM (2 months ago) | Upcoming
- gogoman at 28-09-2022 05:39 PM (2 months ago)
yet!!! they will be blaming poor BU BU  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
Posted: at 28-09-2022 05:39 PM (2 months ago) | Grande Master
- kp45 at 28-09-2022 08:57 PM (2 months ago)
Posted: at 28-09-2022 08:57 PM (2 months ago) | Hero
- maizaxx at 29-09-2022 04:20 AM (2 months ago)
But how does that affect the welfare of the common man on the streets of Rivers state?
This is to knky boost your personal ego and not for the betterment of your people.
Posted: at 29-09-2022 04:20 AM (2 months ago) | Gistmaniac