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



It was once found that many of the states are in dire monetary conditions and can rarely pay salaries or meet different contractual obligations, specially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It has been printed that some country governors are spending billions of naira to appoint personal jets no matter dwindling sources in their states, in accordance to new investigations.

According to Daily Trust, solely a few governors use industrial flights to journey to Abuja and different components of the usa from their states as many of them pay for chartered aircraft.

While some of the journeys are reliable engagements, others are for non-public engagements.

It used to be determined that many of the states are in dire economic conditions and can infrequently pay salaries or meet different contractual obligations, mainly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown final year, nation governors embarked on interstate trips, primarily by way of non-public jets. This used to be in clear violation of a ban to that effect, which they had agreed on as a measure to mitigate neighborhood transmission of the virus.

For instance, on Monday, June 1, 2020, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State flew into Abuja to go to President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, to formally inform him of his intention to are looking for re-election for a 2d term.

On that identical day, the chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) and governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, led six of his colleagues to Abuja to meet with the then Comrade Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on what used to be believed to be a last-minute effort to shop Obaseki’s candidacy beforehand of the party’s principal election in Edo.

Although some of these journeys had been stated to have been associated to security, it used to be gathered that they had been undertaken via non-public business jets, which ran into lots of tens of millions of naira.

To underscore the sorry economic state of affairs in the country, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), remaining week wrote to the Accountant-General of the Federation, warning that it would now not be capable to make remittances to the Federation Account in April for distribution to the federal, kingdom and neighborhood governments in May due to the fact it wanted to defray about N112billion fee of February’s subsidy on petrol.

Recent assessments at the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) used for constitution operations at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, and the non-public hangars at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, published that governors nonetheless patronise personal jets.

At the MMIA, Lagos, non-public hangers had been busy when visited recently, and many of these who patronised them have been stated to be governors who had one engagement or some other in the state.

It used to be additionally learnt that many governors who patronise the non-public jet operators now go to the airports in automobiles barring quantity plates, thereby making it tough to become aware of them.


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