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Rivers’ Embraer Legacy 600 Aircraft Abandoned In Germany Since 2012 – Wike.

In 2012, a Rivers state government-owned Embraer Legacy 600 jet was transported to Germany for maintenance after being purchased in 2003 by Governor Peter Odili.

The administration of Amaechi, which despatched the jet, made no attempt to recover it. It simply gave up on it.

Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, who claimed his government learned about the plane through intelligence, uncovered the scandal surrounding its abandonment.

Wike had stumbled across the second state asset of the Amaechi era. Wike announced in October of last year that the government had ordered a gas turbine generating unit and accessories, which had been abandoned in the Netherlands since 2012.

The incident was revealed at a state executive council meeting, where it was decided to sue the contractor, SAIPEM Contracting Nigeria Limited.

On the plane, the governor said it was deplorable for the Amaechi administration to transfer a state-owned asset to Germany and discard it without proper documentation.

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Wike led a delegation of Rivers leaders to General Atomics Aerotec in Munich, Germany, where the aircraft had been parked, according to a statement released on Tuesday by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Kevin Ebiri, adding that efforts to repair and retrieve the aircraft had cost the State government over €3 million.

Governor Wike revealed during a meeting with Markus Froetschi, General Manager, Business Development, General Atomics Aerotec, that his government had found the Embraer Legacy 600 jet acquired by Dr Peter Odili’s administration was in Germany through intelligence.

“When we came into office in 2015, we never had an idea that our plane was in your facility. It was a matter of asking questions before we got the information that Legacy 600 belonging to our State is in RUAG, before General Atomics.

“We tried to make contact with you and which you obliged. So, we want to sincerely thank you for not hiding anything from us, because it is the property of the State government.

“This plane was bought in 2003 by the government of Dr Peter Odili, and by 2007 he had handed over to the next government which was my predecessor’s, now, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.

“While he was in office, by 2012 this plane was brought here. Reasons we do not know.

“The issue is, why was there no documentation to let the incoming government to know that we have this facility and we sent it to RUAG for inspection.

“Again, I do know from experience that inspection of such facility does not take more than six months. So, if it was brought in 2012, expectantly at least, by early 2013, the plane ought to have come back for use”, he added.

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