In 2022, President Muhammadu Buhari intends to spend a total of N12.5 billion in terms of expenditure on the Presidential Air Fleet.
This was revealed in the breakdown of the 2022 Appropriation Bill which was presented before the National Assembly.
On Thursday, Buhari delivered the fiscal document to a joint session of the National Assembly.
Zaynab Ahmed, the Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, revealed the details on Friday. The PAF’s budget is included in the National Security Adviser’s budget.
Further examination of the PAF’s budget revealed that Buhari will spend N2.4 billion on what the regime termed “compliance with mandated improvements on PAF aircraft,”
According to the budget, the government will also spend N2 billion on the overhaul of Gulf Stream G550, Falcon 7X, and CL 605 engines. The administration would also invest N2 billion on aviation navigational equipment repairs.
The PAF’s budget also indicated that the procurement of aircraft calibration equipment will gulp N500 million.
The budget also revealed, that the regime also set aside N210 million for the “acquisition of Phase 7 Avionics for AW 139 helicopters,”.
According to the Appropriation Bill, PAF will gulp another N250 million in aviation fuel.
In the PAF budget, N1.6 billion was set out for general maintenance, while N1 billion will be spent on aircraft maintenance.
According to the Presidency, the PAF had ten aircraft when the regime began in 2015.
Boeing Business Jet (Boeing 737-800 or Airforce One), Gulfstream 550, Gulfstream V (Gulfstream 500), two Falcons 7X, Hawker Sidley 4000, two Agustawestland AW 139 helicopters, and two Agustawestland AW 101 helicopters are among the aircraft.
Some of the fleet’s jets have since been transferred to the Nigerian Air Force to help it expand its operations.
The government’s efforts to sell two presidential planes, a Falcon 7X executive jet and a Hawker 4000, that were advertised for sale in October 2016 failed.
The preferred bidders for the two jets’ choice to renege on their bid pricing was largely to blame for the aircraft’s delay in being sold.
In an interview at the time, Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, said that the offer amounts agreed to be paid by the two preferred bidders for the two aeroplanes stood at $24 million, which was the estimated sales figures.
He stated that when the winners of the bids, whose identities he did not reveal, were invited to come and pay, they refused.
Shehu revealed in another chat in 2018 that two jets were returned to the fleet after the favoured bidders reneged on their bid pricing.
Because there were no serious purchasers, Shehu claimed the plane had to be returned to the fleet.
“There are no serious buyers. It’s like those who showed interest initially wanted to rob the country of the aircraft. So they (jets) have been returned (to the fleet),” he had explained then.
When asked if the Federal Government would contemplate a second round of bidding to sell the plane, Shehu indicated it was possible if the President issued the order.
He said, “The first attempt was frustrated. There may be another one in the future if the President directs.
“The process was frustrated by people who thought that they can rob the country of the aircraft.”
It was however unclear whether the jets were still in the fleet when this article was filed on Saturday evening.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has set aside N1.8 billion to revitalize the country’s primary health care centres.
The North-Central, North-East, and South-West will receive the most funds.
According to the 2022 appropriation budget, N400,000,000 will be utilized for “renovation/equipment of identified strategic focus LGAs PHCs towards attaining PHC revitalisation in the North-Central geopolitical zone,”.
The North-West will receive N300,000,000, while the North-East will receive N280,000,000.
The South-East will receive N240,000,000, the South-West will receive N280,000,000, and the South-South will receive N200,000,000.