NIGERIA MAY LOSE $493M PAID FOR FIGHTER PLANES OVER POOR RUNWAY – SENATE

Written by on November 27, 2020

THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON AIR FORCE SAYS NIGERIA MAY LOSE THE $493MILLION PAID TO THE UNITED STATES FOR THE PURCHASE OF SUPER TUCANO FIGHTER PLANES.

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON AIR FORCE, MIKE NNACHI, STATED THIS WHEN HE PRESENTED THE 2021 BUDGET REPORT OF THE AIR FORCE BEFORE THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATION.

HE SAID THE COUNTRY’S RUNWAY WAS NOT UP TO STANDARD AND COULD NOT CARRY THE FIGHTER JETS AT THE MOMENT.

NNACHI ADDED THAT WHEN THE US EXPERTS CAME RECENTLY TO INSPECT THE KANJI RUNWAY, THEY COMPLAINED THAT THE FACILITY DID NOT HAVE THE CAPACITY TO CARRY THE AIRCRAFT.

THE LAWMAKER URGED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO MAKE PROVISION FOR AN ADDITIONAL N9BILLION TO TAKE CARE OF THE RUNWAY OR ELSE NIGERIA WOULD LOSE THE MONEY AND THE AIRCRAFT.


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