FG to maintain presidential jets with N1.4bn in 2019

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The Federal Government is proposing N1.4bn for the maintenance of presidential jets in 2019.

This figure is contained in the details of the 2019 Appropriation Bill that President Muhammadu Buhari presented recently to the joint session of the National Assembly.

The figure appears in the budget of the Presidential Air Fleet (State House) which was captured under the Office of the National Security Officer.

The same amount was budgeted for the same purpose in the 2018 budget.

A total of N1.5bn was budgeted for Maintenance Services General which covers the N1.4bn for maintenance of aircraft; N15m for maintenance of motor vehicle/transport equipment; N3.7m for maintenance of office furniture; N25m for maintenance of office building/residential quarters; N8.7m for maintenance of office/IT equipment; N6.5m for maintenance of plants/generator and N42.7m for other maintenance services.

 

The government will also be spending N450m on aviation fuel during the year.

N398m was budgeted for that purpose in 2018.

A total of N200.9m has been budgeted for the overhauling of aircraft engines. The expenditure is described as ongoing.

The government is also proposing to spend N176m on the renovation of HQ 011 PAF Complex and aircraft hangar.

The PAF will also spend N1.492bn on the purchase of air navigational equipment while it will spend N200.9m on the repairs of existing ones.

It will purchase security equipment worth N164.88m; trucks worth N110m; and motor vehicles worth N85.7m.

Apart from the N450m aviation fuel, PAF will be buying motor vehicle fuel worth N30.8m; generator fuel worth N20m; cooking gas/fuel cost worth N1.8m and other transport equipment fuel cost for N16.2m

The Presidency had said the PAF had 10 aircraft at the inception of this administration in 2015.

These are Boeing Business Jet (Boeing 737-800 or Air Force One), one Gulfstream 550, one Gulfstream V (Gulfstream 500), two Falcons 7X, one Hawker Sidley 4000, two AgustaWestland AW 139 helicopters and two AgustaWestland AW 101 helicopters.

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