The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, believes that by ordering the sale of two aircraft in the Presidential Air Fleet, PAF, President Muhammadu Buhari has fulfilled one of his campaign promises.
This was as he explained that the move was meant to check waste, adding that some aircraft in the fleet would soon be handed over to the air force. Shehu continued that his principal was only interested in keeping aircraft that he, the vice president and other government officials that go on special missions would use.
The Federal Government had on Tuesdayadvertised the sale of two aircrafts in the PAF – a Falcon 7x and Hawker 4000, and directed that the bids be quoted in US dollars.
Reacting to this report in a statement, Shehu said, “The newspaper advertisements for the sale of two presidential aircraft, a Falcon 7x executive jet and Hawker 4000 were duly authorised by the presidency.
“This is in line with the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari that aircraft in the presidential air fleet be reduced to cut down on waste.
“When he campaigned to be President, the then APC candidate Muhammadu Buhari, if you recall, promised to look at the presidential air fleet with 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.”