Some weeks back, it was reported that President Buhari ‘withdrew $462M from Crude Account without approval. The President approved the withdrawal $462 million from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) to the United States for the procurement of 12 Super Tucano Fighter Jet , without a prior approval of the National Assembly. READ HERE
A move that immediately sparked controversies in the country and also aided the call for President Buhari’s impeachment by the lawmakers who queried the powers of President Muhammadu Buhari to appropriate and spend money without any recourse to the National Assembly, which statutory function it was to give approval to all national expenditures. READ HERE
In 2017, Nigeria sought to join the league of countries using the world class aircraft, But for some unknown reasons, Nigeria paid the highest price ever for a Super Tucano Fighter Jet , Flash Reporters exclusively report.
As Citizens we deserve to know why the same jet was purchased by other countries at a substantially reduced cost.
For example, in 2015, Ghana purchased a similar model of Super Tucano A-29ST jet for $17.6m per unit cost. This is the same jet Nigeria allegedly paid an outrageous sum of $41m, about 230 percentage increase when compared to that of Ghana.
The big question is… HOW and WHY is this same jet costing Nigeria a fortune?
The unit price for the fighter jets did not go down well with learned Nigerians that felt the country should not be paying more for the same jet acquired by other countries at a relatively cheaper cost.
Afghanistan’s Super Tucano jet, which is of a higher specification and model came at a cheaper price (reportedly $21.3m/unit)
A media firm (Civic Media Lab) compiled a video which we have below, stating some countries with same jet and higher model, but Nigeria still paying more for less.
Brazil purchased 99 units of EMB-314 fighter jet at a unit cost of $2.2M while Nigeria purchased 12 units of the Super Tucano Fighter Jet (which is of lower standard compared to that of Brazil) at a unit cost of $41M.
The image below gives a tabular description and list of different countries who own the super tucano fighting jet and the cost, year and specification of purchase.
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