Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State has acquired a brand new Bombardier Global 5000
(N565RS) for his exclusive use,
SaharaReporters has learn.
Mr. Amaechi’s lavish new
“toy” comes at a time hundreds of thousands of residents in his state
are displaced by the worst flooding crisis in the state’s history.
newly purchased jet left Montreal-Trudeau Airport in Montreal, Quebec
to Dakar Yoff International Airport. And then it was delivered to the
state government on October 7th 2012.
The jet was primarily
purchased from Bombardier in Canada for $45.7 million through the Bank
of Utah Trustee account. “This is an ungodly act,” said a Port
Harcourt-based human rights campaigner.
“Why should Governor
Amaechi’s priority be to acquire a jet at a time the state is
experiencing the worst flooding in its history, leaving many Rivers
indigenes homeless?” he added.
Last year Mr. Amaechi traded off
the state’s current Embraer Legacy 600 claiming it was too expensive to
maintain. There were also unconfirmed claims that the jet was struck by
The oil-rich Rivers State already owns an AW139
helicopter which it leased to Aero Contractors. The state then turned
around to patronize Aero’s VIP Sikorsky S76C helicopter at a cost one
critic described as “exorbitant and unjustified.”
Last year, the
state government sold its Dash 8-Q200 aircraft to Cross River State for
$6 million. Cross River State then leased the plane to Aero Contractors
to undertake commercial flights to and from Obudu airstrip in the state.