Funding On Presidentialleets Rises To N81bn Under Buhari

Investigations revealed that funding on presidential fleets rose to N81bn under President Buhari.

Newsonline Reports indicate that the results revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari has allocated 81.80 billion euros since 2016 for the maintenance of the presidential air fleet and foreign flights.

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Budget allocations to the presidential air fleet have risen 121 percent in eight years, Bunch reports.

The amount includes N 62.47 billion for operation and maintenance of the PAF, N 17.29 billion for foreign and domestic flights and N 2.04 billion for other related expenses.

The Presidency of the Republic has maintained 10 aircraft since the establishment of the Bukhari administration in May 2015.

They include a Boeing Business Jet (Boeing 737-800 or NAF 001), one Gulfstream 550, one Gulfstream V (Gulfstream 500), twoalc ons 7X, one Hawker Sidley 4000, and two AgustaWestland AW 139 heli

Two AgustaWestland AW 101 helicopters.

In the 2016 budget, N3.65 billion was allocated to the PAF, but this rose to N4.37 billion in fiscal year 2017.

In 2018 and 2019, the provisions almost doubled, to N 7.26 billion and N 7.30 billion, respectively.

Closer monitoring showed a slight decrease of 503.75 million N in 2020, as 6.79 billion N was allocated in the budget for PAFs.

This is due to the global shutdown in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, which halted flight operations for the better part of 2020.

In the two years following the epidemic, the provisions nearly doubled; It rises to 12.55 billion n and 12.48 billion n for the 2021 and 2022 fiscal budgets.

However, it is down 35 percent in the 2022 and 2023 appropriation bills, with the latter showing an appropriation of 8.07 billion nitrogen for the benefit of Pakistan’s armed forces.

The offices of the president and vice president have allocated N17.29 billion for domestic and foreign flights.

Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo spent N 1.4 billion on travel in 2016; N1.29bn in 2017; N1.30bn in 2018; N1.30bn in 2019; 2.28 billion N in 2020; N3.23bn in 2021 and N3.09bn in 2022. They proposed N3.34bn for fiscal year 2023.

Aircraft in that period were also refueled with no less than N2.69 billion, bank charges, N53.01 million and insurance premiums on all 10 aircraft in the fleet, N1.78 billion.

Although Bukhari promised to reduce the size of the fleet as part of his pledge to reduce the cost of governance, checks reveal that his regime failed to deliver on that promise.

In October 2016, the Presidency placed an advertisement in a national daily for the sale of thealcon 7x and Hawker 4000.

Interested buyers were asked to inspect thealcon at the Presidential Suite of Nnamdi Azikiwe International, Airport, Abuja, and Hawker at Cessna Zurich Citation Service Center, Zurich, Switzerland.

In March 2018, Garba Shehu, the chief special assistant to the president for media and publicity, told PUNCH on Saturday that bid amounts agreed upon by the preferred bidders for the two aircraft were $24 million, the expected sales figure.

But a presidential spokesman said the winners, whose names were not disclosed in the bids, backed down when asked to pay. According to him, they came up with a new figure of $11 million for the two jets.

Describing the position of the favored bidders as absurd, Sheikho said under the Bukhari regime, no one would be allowed to “take public assets and run (with them) for nothing.”

He added that the presidency remained determined to sell the aircraft, which he said were still available to “serious buyers”.

In September 2020, the federal government announced that the Hawker 4000, registration number 5N-FGX/: RC 066, was again offered for sale.

But the sale of the business jet, which entered service in December 2011, has not yet been confirmed by the presidency.

However, the National Security Adviser, Major General Babajana Munguno (retired), handed over two AgustaWestland AW101 VIP helicopters in the Presidentialleet to the Airorce.