Publish Probe On Faulty Presidential Jet, Ex-Lawmaker Tells Reps

The former Chairman of the Investigating Committee for Crude Oil Theft in the House of Representatives Mark Gbillah has urged the lower chamber to make its report on the probe of the faulty presential jet public. 

Gbillah, who represented the Gwer East/Gwer West Federal constituency of Benue State in the 9th Assembly, believes that the issue with the president’s jet could have been caused by a lack of maintenance, especially since the lifespan of the aircraft is still within the allowable limit.

“I would encourage the National Assembly to make it public. Every decision concerning this issue should be made public,” Gbillah said on Channels Television’s Political Paradigm.

“We can even invite other experts to tell the National Assembly the true situation and the condition of our presidential fleet which I believe should be in good flying condition once every maintenance is made and if there are repairs to be done, those can be done. In April, President Bola Tinubu resorted to a commercial flight to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Riyadh after the aircraft he travelled with to The Netherlands developed a fault.

Around the same time, Vice-President Kashim Shettima was seen arriving in Ogun state in a chartered aircraft. Shettima later aborted his trip to the US mid-air after the aircraft transporting him developed an engine fault.

A committee of the House of Reps had recommended that two aircraft be bought for the president and vice president.

But the former lawmaker advised the Federal Government against purchasing a new aircraft at a time when the living conditions in Nigeria have deteriorated.



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