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Nigeria may lose $493m paid to procure fighter jets —Senate

The Senate Committee on Airforce has said Nigeria is at risk of forfeiting $493m paid to the United States for the purchase of Super Tucano fighter planes over bad runway,

The Federal Government had said $493 million in 2018 to the United States to tackle security challenges facing the country.

But, the Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Air Force, Senator Mike Ama Nnachi, raised the alarm while presenting budget report of Air Force before the Senate Committee on Appropriation .

He informed the lawmakers that when the Americans came to inspect the Kanji runway, they complained that the Kanji runway does not have capacity to carry the Aircraft .

He therefore said there is need to make provision for additional N9 billion that will take care of the runway and Aircraft or else Nigeria will loose the money and the Aircraft.

He said, “It is very serious issue, they are running around, they have gone to Finance Minister, they have gone to CBN, they have gone to Senate President. The money needed is not part of the main budget.

“Nigeria has already paid $493 million for the aircraft, and the officials of American company who came to Nigeria last week said that the Kanji runway is not capable to carry that fighter jets that Nigeria will forfeit the Aircrafs they mentioned about three countries which had been affected with that.”

Responding to the report , the Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Jubril Barau said that Committee will look inward to make fund available to address the issue in the 2021 budget.

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