President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sale of two of the 10 aircraft in the presidential air fleet.
In a statement yesterday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Garba Shehu, said the advertisements for the sale of the two aircraft, a Falcon 7x executive jet and a Hawker 4000 were duly authorised by the presidency.
The decision, according to Shehu, is in line with the directive of Buhari that aircraft in the presidential air fleet be reduced to cut down on waste.
“When he campaigned to be president, the then All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Muhammadu Buhari promised to look at the presidential air fleet with a view to cutting down on waste.
“His directive to a government committee on this assignment is that he liked to see a compact and reliable aircraft for the safe airlift of the president, the vice president and other government officials that go on special missions.
“This exercise is by no means complete. I am sure the commander of the presidential air fleet will, any time from now, call you to a ceremony at which he will hand over some other aircraft to the Air Force for their operations,” the statement said.
A source at the presidency yesterday said that work had commenced to trade the Falcon 7X (5N-FGU) and Hawker 4000 (5N-FGX) to anyone interested.