$496m fighter jets: Buhari spent public funds without approval, must face consequence- Rep Karimi
$496m fighter jets
Tension rose in the House of Representatives on Tuesday over President Muhammadu Buhari letter requesting National Assembly’s approval of $496,374,470 for the purchase of Super Tucano Aircraft from the United States government. Karimi.
Speaker, Honourable Yakubu Dogara had after an executive session read the President’s letter entitled, “Supplementary input to the 2018 appropriation bill: Purchase of Super Tucano Aircraft from the United States government.”
President Buhari in the letter dated April 13 also informed the lawmakers that, “In the expectation that the National Assembly would have no objection to the purchase of this highly specialized Aircraft, which is critical to National Security, I granted anticipatory approval for the release of US$496,374,470.00 (equivalent to N151,394,421,335.00) to be included in the 2018 appropriation bill, which the National Assembly is currently finalising.
“The balance of the requirements for critical operational equipment is still being collated from the different security services and will be presented in the form of a supplementary appropriation bill, in due course,” the President stated.
The President’s letter read: “I wish to draw the attention of the House of Representatives to the ongoing security emergencies in the county. These challenges were discussed with the State governors and subsequently, at the meeting of the National Economic Council on 14th December 2017, where a resolution was passed, with the council approving that up to US$1 billion may be released and utilized from the Excess Crude Account to address the situation.
“Subsequent upon this approval, we are preparing a comprehensive schedule of all the requirements for each of the Security Services for presentation to the National Assembly for consideration.
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