According to the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), there are about 200 privately owned jets in Nigeria, all purchased for about N1.3trillion. This was disclosed at an international seminar on plants and machinery valuation with focus on aircraft, oil and gas installations in Lagos.
The coordinator of the seminar, Paul Osuji, said that because of time constraints and other factors, the number of private jets would continue to be on the increase. He said that the seminar was organized to train their members on plant and machinery valuation, noting that at times, people purchase properties without knowing their real worth. According to him, professionals in Estate Surveying and Valuation are trained to value aircraft before they are paid for and brought into the country.
Osuji said that they have valued most of the private jets that are plying the Nigerian airspace “We are mandated by our profession to constantly train and retrain our members. After the last Dana Airlines crash, a lot of attention had been drawn to the aviation sector. People now want to know the airworthiness of the aircraft they want to pay for or they want to fly in. That is why we organize this seminar and most often, we bring our colleagues from other parts of the world to come and share their knowledge with us.”