Before assuming office, President Muhammad Buhari had stated his desire to reduce the cost of office, and now that he is there, seems to be doing just that.
Buhari has reportedly that ordered that 9 aircrafts on the Presidential Fleet be sold.
The Presidential Fleet is abnormally large for its job description, having more aircrafts than even some airlines.
Over N12 billion is spent annually on the maintenance, and Buhari reportedly wants to cut this amount.
“Nine, which still have market value, are to be sold immediately to reduce maintenance costs,” a source said to THISDAY.
The Presidential Fleet is said to comprise the Boeing 738 BBJ or Eagle One — the President’s official aircraft –, two Gulfstream 550 jets, two Dassault Falcon 900 jets, a Gulfstream IVSP, a Gulfstream V, a Dornier Do 228, which can carry 19 passengers, one Beechcraft King Air B200, three AugustaWestland AW139 helicopters, amongst others.
8 of the aircraft are reportedly reserved for the President, with the rest being used for other prominent officers like the Vice-President, Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Minister of Foreign Affairs.