Nigerian Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika, disclosed that he acquired 10 firefighting trucks for the Federal Airports Authority, FAAN with the whooping sum of N12 billion .
NAIJA NEWS NG reports that Hadi Sirika stated this via his microblogging site, Twitter , on Sunday . He added that FAAN had not bought firefighting trucks in 15 years .
“Just commissioned 10 Firefighting trucks, the total cost of over 12Bn Naira. More to come in due course. Safety has been the Buhari focus in Aviation since 2015. Hitherto, FAAN has not bought new trucks in 15 years”, the Minister posted.
Hadi Sirka’s tweet got backlash from Nigerians who said buying 10 firefighting trucks with N12 billion is fraud .
The Director of the Abuja School of Social and Political Thoughts, Dr. Sam Amadi has advised president Muhammadu Buhari to be vigilant as ministers and aides may want to steal the country dry.
Amadi’s reaction followed the disclosure by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Abubakar Sirika that he procured 10 firefighting trucks at the cost of N12b.
“Just commissioned 10 Firefighting trucks, total cost of over 12Bn Naira. More to come in due course. Safety has been the Buhari focus in Aviation, since 2015. Hitherto FAAN has not bought new trucks in 15 years,” the minister wrote.
Nigerians have condemned the Aviation Minister’s action saying it is fraud to buy ten firefighting trucks with N12 billion.
Former Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Sam Amadi , said the N1.2b for a firefighting truck might be a child’s play.
In a series of tweets on Monday, Amadi questioned when the relevant agencies would commence Sirika’s prosecution.
He wrote, “Please these last days put your eyes on @MBuhari ministers and aides. They may steal the country dry.
“N1.2b for a firefighting truck might be a child’s play.
“When will they commence his prosecution? When?”
“How would Ten fighting trucks cost N12 billion?” Nigerians queried.
Nigerians’ reactions below:
According to the Presidential Candidate of the African Action Congress and an activist, Omoyole Sowore, the Minister and President Muhammadu Buhari had finished Nigeria.
In his tweet, he said: “Wow! You mean you bought a single fire engine for over $2 million each. Wonders shall never cease. You and @mbuhari really finished Nigeria!”.
I can confirm that Firefighting trucks are expensive depending on the model, and it is in the interest of Nigerians to know the exact specification before concluding.
Yes, the 10 Firefighting trucks can also cost 12Bn Naira depending on the dollar exchange rate.
In fact, according to The Morning Call, a ladder truck for Forks, Indiana, was estimated to cost $2.5 million.
Dover fire department estimates it costs them $840,000 to put a fully equipped pumper engine on the road.
Please inform the public of the exact Firefighting trucks purchased
I spent the last hours researching how much fire trucks cost; the expensive high-end trucks cost $650,000 (which Nigeria never gets the best of, I can bet these are used trucks too).
NYC fire fighting trucks cost $550k each; what truck did you buy for $2.8m
You, sir and your cohorts are thieves.
Give the spec of this truck and what makes it N1.2B each— the ridiculous broad daylight robbery of our coffers.