Wike Recovers Rivers Aircraft Abandoned in Germany by Amaechi

Alt: = "Governor Nyesom Wike inside the recovered Rivers State Aircraft"

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has recovered and flown back to Rivers, state owned aircraft, Legacy 600, allegedly abandoned in Germany by previous administration.

Governor Nyesom Wike, while receiving  the aircraft flown into the state through Port Harcourt International Airport, on Tuesday, said his administration was not playing politics in the recovery of the aircraft.

He said the Legacy 600 was purchased by the government of Peter Odili, but was flown to Munich, Germany the administration of former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, and was abandoned there at General Atomics Aerotec since 2012 without record to trace it.

Wike further explained that it took intelligence gathering by his government to discover that the state has such asset somewhere on faraway Germany.

He said, “To the glory of God, the plane is back and Rivers people can see, Nigerians can see, it is not that we are playing politics. All we are saying, we never knew, nobody told us until we got intelligence that we have this asset somewhere

“What is very important to all of us here today is that when we came into power in 2015, nobody handed over any report or gave us handover note to let us know where such asset of the State was, only for us to hear in 2019 that this asset is somewhere”, he narrated.

The governor said his administration has expended so much state fund that would have been used for other projects in the state on the aircraft, including putting it in order, certifying its air worthiness by the Nigerian government before the plane could return to Nigeria.

“Of course, we did everything we could do and we told Nigerians that the grace of God we will not allow this asset to go that way. We must return it for the people of the State to decide what they are going to do with it.

“I am so elated that at the end of the day, all of our struggles are not in vain. I think Rivers people for the support. I thank the Rivers State House of Assembly for the support. I thank the Executive for the support.

“But for their support, it would not have been possible to spend the money we spent. If you hear the money we spent, it’s money that would have been put in other development projects if we were told on time of it”, Wike said.

Alt: = "Wike and some dignitaries inside recovered Rivers Aircraft"

Some of the dignitaries present at the event include Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon.Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, Senator Barry Mpigi, traditional rulers and former Presidents of the Nigerian Bar Association, Onueze C. Okocha, SAN and Okey Wali, SAN.

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