President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sale of two Aircraft of the 10 in the presidential air fleet in an apparent move to cut down the size of the fleet.
Garba Shehu, The Senior Special Assistant to the President, in a statement said the advertisements for the sale of the two aircraft, a Falcon 7x executive jet and a Hawker 4000 were duly approved by the presidency.
According to Shehu, the decision is in line with the directive of Buhari that aircraft in the presidential air fleet be reduced to cut down on waste. The fleet is believed to hold as much as 10 airplanes, and costs N2.52b yearly.
The Office of the National Security Adviser advertised the sale of two airplanes on Tuesday published on page 35 of Tuesday’s edition of ThisDay Newspaper.
The advertorial detailed the specification of the planes as well as their performance levels, indicating that they were in pretty good condition.
Interested buyers are advised to inspect the Falcon at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
On the other hand, the Hawker 4000 can only be inspected at Cessna Zurich Citation Service Centre, Zurich, Switzerland.
The bids are to be quoted in dollars, the notice said.
President Muhammadu Buhari will surrender more airplanes in the presidential air fleet to the Nigerian Air Force, his spokesperson said Tuesday after the presidency put up two aircraft for sale.