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Nigerian Jet for Malawian president...she sold her own for the improvement of her country's economy

Nigerian Jet for Malawian president...she sold her own for the improvement of her country's economy

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  • 1. NigerianNigerianNigerianNigerian JetJetJetJet forforforfor Malawian PresidentMalawian PresidentMalawian PresidentMalawian President
  • 2. Malawi’s President, JoyceJoyceJoyceJoyce BandaBandaBandaBanda, sold her cash- strapped country’s only presidential jet to save costs.
  • 3. PresidentPresidentPresidentPresident GoodluckGoodluckGoodluckGoodluck Jonathan,Jonathan,Jonathan,Jonathan, hashashashas inininin threethreethreethree yearsyearsyearsyears inininin office,office,office,office, expandedexpandedexpandedexpanded Nigeria’sNigeria’sNigeria’sNigeria’s executiveexecutiveexecutiveexecutive fleetfleetfleetfleet totototo 10101010 aircraftaircraftaircraftaircraft (In(In(In(In thatthatthatthat singlesinglesinglesingle PresidentialPresidentialPresidentialPresidential Fleet,Fleet,Fleet,Fleet, youyouyouyou havehavehavehave Boeing,Boeing,Boeing,Boeing, Falcons,Falcons,Falcons,Falcons, Gulfstream,Gulfstream,Gulfstream,Gulfstream, HawkerHawkerHawkerHawker andandandand Cessna)Cessna)Cessna)Cessna)
  • 4. Nigeria dispatched a jet from its Presidential Air Fleet (PAF) late last month (June) to fetch Malawi’s President, Joyce Banda, to Abuja
  • 5. Over 60Over 60Over 60Over 60 % of Nigeria population% of Nigeria population% of Nigeria population% of Nigeria population living in povertyliving in povertyliving in povertyliving in poverty
  • 6. Provision has reportedly been made to purchase two additional helicopters to ensure the President, Vice-President, their families, and other top functionaries travel in luxury at public expense
  • 7. Joyce Banda was in Nigeria to deliver the keynote address at the GlobalGlobalGlobalGlobal PowerPowerPowerPower WomenWomenWomenWomen NetworkNetworkNetworkNetwork AfricaAfricaAfricaAfrica summit in Abuja at the invitation of Nigeria’s First Lady. To ease her trip to Nigeria’s capital, our generous government dispatched a jet to pick her from Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital, and return her home after the event. That is to be expected since Malawi lacks a presidential aircraft
  • 8. Joyce Banda assumed office in 2012; she took a critical look at her country’s economy. The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank had withdrawn most aid in response to the purchase in 2009 of a presidential jet by Banda’s predecessor, Bingu wa Mutharika, and his abandonment of an IMF- dictated adjustment programme. Other donors followed the World Bank/IMF lead. Almost 40Almost 40Almost 40Almost 40 % of% of% of% of the nationalthe nationalthe nationalthe national budget camebudget camebudget camebudget came from aid donorsfrom aid donorsfrom aid donorsfrom aid donors revenues from its major exportsrevenues from its major exportsrevenues from its major exportsrevenues from its major exports –––– tobacco, tea, coffee and sugartobacco, tea, coffee and sugartobacco, tea, coffee and sugartobacco, tea, coffee and sugar –––– werewerewerewere falling due to lower global demand and pricesfalling due to lower global demand and pricesfalling due to lower global demand and pricesfalling due to lower global demand and prices Withdrawn
  • 9. Joyce Banda sold the presidential plane for $15 million (N2.33B) Also sold off a fleet of 60 Mercedes Benz limousines reserved for the president and the cabinet. She cut her own salary by 30%, among other austerity measures. Sold!Sold!Sold!Sold! Sold!Sold!Sold!Sold!
  • 10. Her actions won praise around the world andHer actions won praise around the world andHer actions won praise around the world andHer actions won praise around the world and convinced the IMF and other aid donors to returnconvinced the IMF and other aid donors to returnconvinced the IMF and other aid donors to returnconvinced the IMF and other aid donors to return with credit and handouts to back the government’swith credit and handouts to back the government’swith credit and handouts to back the government’swith credit and handouts to back the government’s ongoing painful structural adjustment programme.ongoing painful structural adjustment programme.ongoing painful structural adjustment programme.ongoing painful structural adjustment programme. Restored!
  • 11. But Nigerian leaders will not sacrificewill not sacrificewill not sacrificewill not sacrifice their own comfort for anything. Even in a rich country like Britain, PrimeEven in a rich country like Britain, PrimeEven in a rich country like Britain, PrimeEven in a rich country like Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron and cabinet members tookMinister David Cameron and cabinet members tookMinister David Cameron and cabinet members tookMinister David Cameron and cabinet members took pay cutspay cutspay cutspay cuts in response to the global recession and the spending cuts that the government introduced. Here, our leaders areHere, our leaders areHere, our leaders areHere, our leaders are obsessed with living in luxury, regardless of the massobsessed with living in luxury, regardless of the massobsessed with living in luxury, regardless of the massobsessed with living in luxury, regardless of the mass of people who are poor, the lack of infrastructure,of people who are poor, the lack of infrastructure,of people who are poor, the lack of infrastructure,of people who are poor, the lack of infrastructure, mass unemployment and dwindlingmass unemployment and dwindlingmass unemployment and dwindlingmass unemployment and dwindling revenuesrevenuesrevenuesrevenues. Okonjo-Iweala’s warning that the government may run out of money to pay salaries by October in the face of massive oil theft and vandalism of pipelines that have sharply reduced oil production and revenues has not jolted officials. Neither theNeither theNeither theNeither the wasteful Executive nor the overpaid legislators arewasteful Executive nor the overpaid legislators arewasteful Executive nor the overpaid legislators arewasteful Executive nor the overpaid legislators are ready to give up their luxurious lifestylesready to give up their luxurious lifestylesready to give up their luxurious lifestylesready to give up their luxurious lifestyles.
  • 12. The British Queen, Elizabeth II, and Cameron travel on chartered British Airways flights, despite their country’s $2.32$2.32$2.32$2.32 trilliontrilliontrilliontrillion GDP and Per Capital Income of $38,700$38,700$38,700$38,700
  • 13. Japan, with its Gross Domestic Product of $4.52 trillion$4.52 trillion$4.52 trillion$4.52 trillion and per capita income of $36,200$36,200$36,200$36,200, (at Purchasing Power Parity), has only 2 aircrafts2 aircrafts2 aircrafts2 aircrafts– Boeing 747 – 400 – for use of the prime minister and the emperor.
  • 14. The Netherlands , with GDP of $770.2$770.2$770.2$770.2 billionbillionbillionbillion and Per Capital Income of $42,300$42,300$42,300$42,300 , has 2
  • 15. SouthSouthSouthSouth AfricaAfricaAfricaAfrica has just one presidential aircraft with its GDP of $678.6$678.6$678.6$678.6 billionbillionbillionbillion and PCI of $11,300$11,300$11,300$11,300 , though it expects another soon
  • 16. Malaysia has one, has also ordered a second; but with its GDP of $492 billion$492 billion$492 billion$492 billion & PCI of $16,900$16,900$16,900$16,900
  • 17. Like others cited, Malaysia is ahead of Nigeria with a GDP of $450.5 billion and PCI of $2,700 10 Jets!10 Jets!10 Jets!10 Jets!
  • 18. No.No.No.No. CountryCountryCountryCountry GDPGDPGDPGDP PCIPCIPCIPCI JetJetJetJet 1111 Japan $4.52 trillion $36,200 2 2222 Netherlands $770.2 billion $42,300 2 3333 England $2.32 trillion $38,700 Nil 4444 South Africa $678.6 billion $11,300 1 5555 Malaysia $492 billion $16,900 1 6666 Nigeria $450.5 billion $2,700 10
  • 19. Today, the aviation sector is in dire straits. How does one explain that only two domestic airlines – ArikArikArikArik, with 23 planes, with 23 planes, with 23 planes, with 23 planes, &&&& AeroAeroAeroAero ContractorsContractorsContractorsContractors with 14with 14with 14with 14 – have larger fleets than this one kept for a few at public expense?
  • 20. Over N9 billionN9 billionN9 billionN9 billion is believed to be spent on the maintenance of the presidential fleet each year, while the PAF required 47 Nigerian47 Nigerian47 Nigerian47 Nigerian Air ForceAir ForceAir ForceAir Force officers, 173officers, 173officers, 173officers, 173 airmen/airwoairmen/airwoairmen/airwoairmen/airwo men and 96men and 96men and 96men and 96 civilian employees on full time call in 2012.
  • 21. Nigerians, however, desperately need a government that exists to serve the people, not a few.
  • 22. Successive governments have demonstrated incompetenceincompetenceincompetenceincompetence and abusedabusedabusedabused and misusedmisusedmisusedmisused publicpublicpublicpublic fundsfundsfundsfunds. There should be minimum ethical standards and decorum in public office.
  • 23. Other developing nations like Ghana where a former president, John Kufuor, once disposed of a spare presidential aircraft, retaining only one, should shame us into prudent conduct
  • 24. Jonathan has no excuse to continue keeping 10 aircraft and our under-performing legislators have no reason to keep approving new purchases or the billions of naira they appropriate for their maintenance each year.
  • 25. But, ultimately, it is only when the electorate shakes off its lethargy and demandsdemandsdemandsdemands Accountability and ResponsibilityAccountability and ResponsibilityAccountability and ResponsibilityAccountability and Responsibility from public officials that things will change for the better.
  • 26. Arise O’ CompatriotArise O’ CompatriotArise O’ CompatriotArise O’ Compatriot
  • 27. SourceSourceSourceSource Nigerian jet for MalawianNigerian jet for MalawianNigerian jet for MalawianNigerian jet for Malawian President,President,President,President, The Punch Newspaper, July 16, 2013 by Editorial Board Pictures from, www.flickr.com. Google Images