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Government officials welcome probe of private jets

By on May 17, 2013

Top officials of Rivers State Government have  welcomed the call on Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCCA, to produce licences and documentations of all private jets in the country within 48 hours.

Some of them who spoke to newsmen in Port Harcourt on condition of anonymity, said the development would resolve controversies surrounding the state government’s Bombardier global 700 jet.

They expressed surprise at the sudden denial of the role of Caverton Helicopter in the acquisition of the Bombardier Global jet by the management of the firm.

It will be recalled that the Secretary to Rivers State Government, Mr. George Feyii, had said that importation of the aircraft was done through a Nigerian company, Caverton Helicopter, a claim the company reportedly denied.

Feyii, who maintained that the aircraft belonged to the state government, said that the state government only incorporated a limited liability company, the Bank of Utah Trustee, to facilitate the transaction.  Feyii explained that the government had been paying all operational charges on the aircraft.

“The above position shows that the plane belongs  to the Government of Rivers State.”

Meantime, the top government officials in the state, said the decision of the Ali Ahmed Committee in the House of Representatives to direct that all licences and documents for all private jets in the country be brought before it would resolve the controversy surrounding the state government’s aircraft.