N7.65bn presidential jet arrives

Published On: March 25, 2011, 7:44 pm (9 years ago)
Author: mary123
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One of the three presidential jets ordered by the Federal Government last year has arrived the country.

Sources close to Aso Rock told our correspondent that the jet, a Falcon 7X, arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja from France a week ago.

The aircraft which was manufactured by Dassault Aviation of France cost the government $51m (about N7.65bn.)

The Federal Executive Council had on August 12, 2010 approved $102m for the purchase of two Falcon 7x and $53.3m for one Gulfstream G550 aircraft to beef up the Presidential Air Fleet.

Our source added that the second Falcon 7X would arrive the country during the second quarter of the year.

Confirming the arrival of the first jet, a top official of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, who pleaded anonymity as the matter has to do with the Presidency, said the aircraft arrived last week.

He said the presidential crew flying the aircraft had been on a two-week training in France.

Some officials of the regulatory agency, who will keep safety regulatory oversight on the ultra-modern jet had also gone on training in France, the source added.

“The jet came in last week. In fact, before they brought it into the country, some officials of NCAA, including a regional manager, had gone to inspect the plane. The second Falcon 7X will arrive later,” he added.

In what is probably its first mission, the jet was said to have conveyed the the wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, to Sokoto on Tuesday.

Sources in Sokoto confirmed that the jet, marked Nigerian Air Force 5N-FGU, was sighted at the Sa’ad Abubakar III Airport, Sokoto.



The two Falcon 7X aircraft are to be supplied by Messrs Dassault Aviation of France, while the Gulfstream G550 will come from Messrs Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation of the United States.

The Federal Government had expected the first Falcon 7X aircraft to arrive in Nigeria by the end of December and the second in the second quarter of 2011.

The Gulfstream G550 is also expected in the country by the second quarter of 2011.

The sum of N21bn was provided in the 2010 budget for the purchase of the three aircraft.

The former Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili, had told journalists in Abuja last year that the Federal Executive Council approved the purchase of the aircraft.

FEC had at the end of its November 25, 2009 meeting announced that the government had commenced a phased replacement of aircraft in the PAF.

The government explained that the decision to drop some of the eight aircraft in the PAF followed the discovery that they had become too expensive to maintain due to old age.

Posted: (9 years ago) on 25-03-2011 07:44 PM | Upcoming
so is that the reasons why the aircraft was ordered?Huh??/
Posted: (9 years ago) on 25-03-2011 10:25 PM | Grande Master
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thy no dey remmber say poor people dey live around them.too bad
Posted: (9 years ago) on 26-03-2011 12:43 AM | Upcoming
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What a waste of our money!!! GEJ and his wife are living elegantly like kings while ordinary/common Nigerians are living in abject poverty and unemployment. God dey o....   Our votes would be used to punish you sooner rather than later. Lol

Posted: (9 years ago) on 26-03-2011 12:53 AM | Hero
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Quote from: deboalabi262 on 26-03-2011 12:53 AM
What a waste of our money!!! GEJ and his wife are living elegantly like kings while ordinary/common Nigerians are living in abject poverty and unemployment. God dey o....   Our votes would be used to punish you sooner rather than later. Lol
Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
Posted: (9 years ago) on 26-03-2011 03:41 PM | Grande Master
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nice aircraft but,its a little too expensive i think.
Posted: (9 years ago) on 26-03-2011 09:35 PM | Gistmaniac
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abg president enjoy while u have the chance!
Posted: (9 years ago) on 26-03-2011 10:33 PM | Newbie
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and what does he need all three Jets for?  and what about the ones the previous administrations bought?

abi dem don turn am to their father's properties now?  hhmmmmm.
Posted: (9 years ago) on 26-03-2011 10:48 PM | Hero
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last minutes enjoyements so
Posted: (9 years ago) on 26-03-2011 10:49 PM | Grande Master
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Quote from: deboalabi262 on 26-03-2011 12:53 AM
What a waste of our money!!! GEJ and his wife are living elegantly like kings while ordinary/common Nigerians are living in abject poverty and unemployment. God dey o....   Our votes would be used to punish you sooner rather than later. Lol


i honestly pray that most Nigerians can learn from all these b/4 they cast their votes.

left for me pdp will never see the four walls of ASOROCK come April.
Posted: (9 years ago) on 26-03-2011 10:52 PM | Hero
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 Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked
Posted: (9 years ago) on 26-03-2011 10:56 PM | Grande Master
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 Grin Grin Grin Grin.......... ajani abi u too na pdp man?.....lol
Posted: (9 years ago) on 26-03-2011 11:03 PM | Hero
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too much money
Posted: (9 years ago) on 26-03-2011 11:14 PM | Newbie
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Imgine what is happen'on while out there, 15 yrs boy join armd rubas 2 mess up, thourands' of graduate is look'n 4 job, and poverty is kill'n many people.
Posted: (9 years ago) on 26-03-2011 11:54 PM | Newbie
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D BASTARDS WIL SURELY END THEIR LIVES THERE.
Posted: (9 years ago) on 27-03-2011 01:11 AM | Newbie
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MANY NIGERIANS DOES,NT WANT D COUNTRY 2 GET BETTER .
NAIJA WOULD,VE CONSIDERED U WITHOUT VOTE 2 PUT
SHAME ON PDP AND JONATHAN GOODLUCK.
Posted: (9 years ago) on 27-03-2011 01:21 AM | Newbie
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WHAT A SHAME Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Lips Sealed Lips Sealed Lips Sealed this is exactly half of the price of AIRFORCE 1 of united states. BIG MAN WITHOUT CONSCIENCE

Posted: (9 years ago) on 27-03-2011 02:09 AM | Newbie
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Presidential danfo, abi na Molue?
Posted: (9 years ago) on 27-03-2011 02:14 AM | Upcoming
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Folks let take a closer look at this waste and mismanagement of the national treasury.
21 billion nairas was approved for three jets in the presidential fleet.
I think there are better ways to spend such amount of money.

That is enough money to complete ANY ONE of the following projects:

1. Build and staff 51 small to medium size hospitals
2. Tear down and re-build 504 primary schools on their present locations.
3. Upgrade 700 secondary schools nation wide. Also supply textbooks.
4. Repair our crumbling highways. Replace most of our falling and unsafe bridges.
5. Provide adequate funding for primary and secondary education for the next five years
6. Stimulate the economy by providing jobs for 54% of our university graduates that are unemployed.
7. Upgrade our airports to international standards
8. Provide improved and effective trainings for our police and law enforcenent agencies.
9. Rural Community Development: Provide electricity for all rural areas with little or no electricity in Nigeria.
10 Rural Community Development: Provide accessible roads and clean water for residents in all rural communities

dan fulani
Posted: (9 years ago) on 27-03-2011 02:44 AM | Gistmaniac
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Oh, lets someone remind me, how much is the new yet unsigned minimum wage in Nigeria? When will the 'messiah' come? Tight security for the govt officials, no good thought and plan for the tax payers. God will judge, a poor man prayer.
Posted: (9 years ago) on 27-03-2011 08:11 AM | Upcoming
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