According to an investigation by Sahara Reporters, Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi has acquired a brand new Bombardier Global 5000 (N565RS) exclusively for his use.
This is coming at a time when residents of the garden city are displaced by the worst flood crisis ever witnessed in the state.
The newly purchased jet it is learnt, left Montreal-Trudeau Airport in Montreal, Quebec to Dakar Yoff International Airport from where 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 queried.
It would be recalled that just last year, Mr. Amaechi traded off the state’s current Embraer Legacy 600 claiming it was too expensive to maintain. But then it beats one’s imagination why the state government will embark on another waste of public funds.
Already, the oil-rich Rivers State parades an AW139 helicopter operated by Aero Contractors on lease. In a rather bizarre twist, 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.