FG sells presidential aircraft
The Federal Government has announced the sale of Falcon 900B aircraft, one of the planes in the presidential air fleet.
This is contained in a post on the verified Twitter handle(X) of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).
According to the post, NAF is calling on interested persons to submit their bids for the purchase of the aircraft, adding that the aircraft is put up for sale following the FG’s approval.
It reads: “The Federal Government of Nigeria has approved the sale of Falcon 900B aircraft owned by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF):
“In compliance with the provisions of the public procurement Act 2007, the NAF hereby invites all interested parties to submit bids for purchase of the aircraft. The bids can be submitted by email or physically.
“If submitted by email, the bids are to be password protected and sent to dproc(at)airforce.mil.ng while the password is to be sent separately to d proc2(at)airforce.miI.ng.
“For physical submission, the quotations are to be enclosed in an envelope and sealed while the envelope is to bear the name and address of the interested company/entity as well as the description and reference to the request.
“It should also bear the statement, ‘DO NOT OPEN BEFORE 24 DECEMBER 2023’.
“Please note that the bids would be processed immediately after expiration of the deadline for submission.”
It was gathered that the decision to dispose of the aircraft was informed by the need to cut down the size of the fleet, although NAF has yet to officially give reasons for the move.
It would be recalled that in 2016, the Federal Government advertised the sale of two planes from presidential air fleet, the Falcon 7x and Hawker 4000.
The move was later stalled because the preferred bidders, who initially agreed to a projected sales figure of $24 million later sought to renegotiate at $11 million.