Lagos Government To Buy New Helicopter

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State is
planning to buy a new helicopter for the state.
Lagos State currently has two Bell 412 helicopters,
with each costing $6.7m (N1.319bn), according to
aircraftcompare.com estimates.
The purchase of the new helicopter and other
security gadget was pegged at N5.3bn in the
budget re-ordering letter sent to the House of
Assembly for approval.
The Assembly on Tuesday had set up a committee
to review the request and report back to the House
in a week’s time.
In the letter sighted on Wednesday, the governor
had asked the Assembly to approve N23.975bn re-
ordering of the 2015 budget in order to meet up
expenditure on capital projects.
Ambode said approving the re-ordering of the
budget would enable the government to construct a
pedestrian bridge at Ojodu Berger, start the
construction of fly-over bridges at Ajah
Roundabout and Pen Cinema, Agege, among
others.
In the 2015 budget, the initial vote for security
intervention was N1.5bn, but the governor is
seeking the House’s approval for additional
N3.8bn, making it N5.3bn to accommodate the
purchase of the helicopter, among other “security
interventions”.
Other re-ordering by the governor include the
increment of the N55.75bn for the Ministry of
Works and Infrastructure to N59.23bn.
The governor also earmarked N1.077 bn for the
Ministry of Works and Infrastructure for the
completion of ongoing projects of the defunct
Ministry of Rural Development.

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