The Federal Government has budgeted N1.52b for the maintenance of the 10
aircraft currently in the Presidential Air Fleet in 2014.

The
maintenance cost is slightly higher than the N1.5bn proposed as the
initial deposit for the purchase of additional aircraft that will bring
the number of aircraft in the fleet to 11.

This is apart from the N747m earmarked for the purchase of aviation fuel for the aircraft already in the fleet.

These
figures are contained in the details of the 2014 Appropriation Bill
presented to the National Assembly by President Goodluck Jonathan
through the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, penultimate
week.

The government has also earmarked N458.5m for international trainings for the fleet’s personnel in the coming year.

Another chunk of the budget for the fleet is the N675.9m budgeted for the rehabilitation/renovation/repairs of PAF Barracks.

A
whopping N405.5m is also proposed for the completion of a hangar
project under the PAF budget for the year while N106m is earmarked for
tyre bay tools and equipment.

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The PAF’s security vote (including
operations) is N259.55m; insurance premium — N445.7m; as well as
cleaning and fumigation services —N58m.

N71.74m is budgeted for
797 units of LG 2HP air conditioners for PAF Barracks; N40.5m is
earmarked for three units of Toyota Coaster buses and N26.4m for four
units of Toyota Hilux.

Motor vehicle fuel will gulp N29.6m, other
transport equipment fuel cost — N26.5m; plant/generator fuel cost
N14.5m as well as cooking gas/fuel cost — N2m.

The N67m devoted
to miscellaneous included refreshment and meals — N28.9m; postage and
courier services — N15m; medical expenses — N12m; corps members kitting,
transport and feeding allowance N3.7m and honorarium and sitting
allowance — N3.6m.

PAF is said to have the third largest fleet of
aircraft in the country with a total of 10 aircraft, coming closely
behind Aerocontractors Airlines, which has a total of 14 aircraft.

Arik Air, the largest commercial airline in the country, has a fleet of 23 aircraft.

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The
PAF include two Falcon 7X jets, two Falcon 900 jets, Gulfstream 550,
one Boeing 737 BBJ (Nigerian Air Force 001 or Eagle One), and Gulfstream
IVSP.

Others are one Gulfstream V, Cessna Citation 2 aircraft and Hawker Siddley 125-800 jet.

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