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As Predicted US drags its foot over sale of Tucano planes to Nigeria

The Senate Committee on Airforce, said on Thursday that Nigeria stood the risk of losing $493m paid to the United States for the purchase of Super Tucano fighter planes. The panel said the nation’s runway at the moment was not up to the standard and could not carry the jets.

The Senate Committee on Air Force said on Thursday that Nigeria stood the risk of losing $493m paid to the United States for the purchase of Super Tucano fighter jets.

The panel said the nation’s runway at the moment was not up to the standard and could not carry the fighter jets.

The Federal Government had wired in $493m in 2018 to a US company for the purchase of the jets to tackle insurgency and other security challenges facing the country.

The Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Air Force, Senator Mike Nnachi, raised the alarm while presenting the 2021 budget report of the Air Force before the Senate Committee on Appropriation.

He told the lawmakers that when the Americans came to inspect the Kanji runway recently, they complained that the facility did not have the capacity to carry the aircraft.

He said there was, therefore, a need to make provision for additional N9bn that would take care of the runway and the aircraft; else Nigeria would lose the money.

Nnachi said, “It is a very serious issue. The Air Force personnel are running around; they have gone to the Finance Minister; they have also gone to the Central Bank of Nigeria, and they have gone to meet the Senate President because the money needed was not part of the main budget.

“Nigeria has already paid $493m for the aircraft, and the officials of the American company, who came to Nigeria last week, said the Kanji runway is not capable of carrying those fighter jets.

From Twitter handle Defence News Nigeria
What you are seeing is the Senate Committee lobbying for N9 BILLION Naira to build runways for a turbo prop aicraft. Not a jet aircraft whose engines can suck up debris. A light propeller driven aircraft built to operate in rough terrain.
How can we risk losing $580 million plus the aircraft over runways. NINE BILLION NAIRA to build an airstrip for a COIN aircraft designed for austere environments?

The A-29 is a versatile and powerful prop job and is known for its rugged and durable design, which allows it to perform operations from unimproved runways in austere environments and rugged terrain.

First of all whoever drafted this statement has no business being a senator. What is the United States going to do if N9 billion is not released to build a runway for a plane designed for dirt runways. seize both the money and airplanes and tell us to go to hell?

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