by Ogunyemi Bukola
Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, on Saturday said the private jet recently purchased by the state government costs $45 million (N7.1 billion) and not $57 million (N9 billion) reported in some sections of the media.
This came in the wake of reports that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has began a discreet probe into the details of the recently purchased jet over alleged cost inflation up to the tune of $10 million.
The governor said this through his Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, in an interview with Punch correspondent in Port Harcourt.
Amaechi described the allegations that he inflated the cost of the jet by $10m as unfounded and a figment of the imagination of those spreading such false information.
According to him, the allegations were targeted at distracting the state government from its responsibility of developing the state.
“The state government has never announced that the aircraft was purchased for $57m. That statement did not come from us. The aircraft was bought for US$45m. We see all these as a distraction,” Amaechi said.