Wike Was Aware Legacy 600 Aircraft Was In Germany For Repairs – Ex Rivers Commissioner.
Tolofari George, former Rivers State Commissioner for Transport during Governor Rotimi Amaechi’s administration, has questioned the Rivers State Government’s new claim of locating its abandoned aircraft in Germany.
Governor Nyesom Wike announced on Tuesday the finding of a Legend 600 aircraft that had been purportedly abandoned in Germany since 2012 with no paperwork.
In response to the allegations, George stated that the state asset was correctly documented in his handover letter in 2015, when the present government took office.
According to the Ex commissioner, the plane was taken to Germany for repairs and sales after the state purchased a new one since it couldn’t maintain two.
He stated that the aircraft was still in Germany when it was turned over to the Wike administration, which was also stated in the Ministry of Transport’s transfer notice.
According to the former commissioner, the state governor’s charges are intended to smear the reputation of Amaechi, who is now the Minister of Transport.
According to him “When we got the new aircraft that the current government is using now, the older Legacy aircraft was sent to Germany for repairs and refurbishment and then to be sold to generate revenue for critical infrastructural projects in the state. To the previous administration, there was no economic sense to keep and maintain two state planes. The cost was just too prohibitive, so the plan was to sell off the older Legacy plane.
“The plane was still in Germany at the time we handed over to the incoming administration. Everything was in the handover notes of the ministry of transport.
“We can now all see that the issue is purely political and vindictive, hurling false allegations on the previous administration.
“That the Legacy aircraft was in RUAG, Germany was written in my handover notes that is in the custody of the Rivers state government”.