Rivers government says new jet is cheaper than opposition parties claim

Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi

The government claim it bought the Jet at a cheaper rate than the opposition is willing to believe.

The Rivers State government on Wednesday said it bought a private jet at the cost of $45 million and not $50 million as claimed by the opposition parties.

The Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, rivers state chapter, had accused the state government of buying a new jet worth $50 million.

In reaction to the allegation, Ibim Semenitari, the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, said that the allegation is “false and baseless.”

She explained that the state government had bought a private jet two years ago at a cost of $45 million.

“The cost of the aircraft is $45 million,” she insisted.

“The government of Rivers State traded in two previous aircraft, the Dash 8 and the embryo jet,” the information commissioner added.

She said that state government will defray the cost of the new plane with proceeds of the two older aircrafts it traded.

She argued the government bought the new jet because it had a bigger body and is chaeper to maintain.

Ms. Semenitari said that the allegation that the jet belonged to Chibuike Amaechi and is being used as a personal property was also not true.

“The aircraft is not used only by the Governor of Rivers State. Gov. Amaechi does not own a personal jet.

“The jet was paid for by the government of Rivers State and brought in by the ministry of transport, Rivers State, whose job is to manage all of the vehicles that belong to the state government.” she said.

The commissioner said the process of buying the jet is open and transparent.

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