By Tom Moses
UYO—Akwa Ibom State governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, is not finding private jet ownership a worthwhile investment.
Vanguard gathered in Uyo, yesterday, that in view of Governor Emmanuel’s unfavourable disposition to the private jet acquired by his predecessor, Chief Godswill Akpabio to ease his movement outside the state, he is contemplating disposing of the aircraft.
Since his inauguration on May 29, 2015, Emmanuel is said to prefer travelling by chartered helicopters which he considers less-ostentatious.
An Akwa Ibom State Government House source told Vanguard that the governor was shopping for buyers of the jet to relieve him of the burden of fuelling and maintaining it.
The source could, however, not disclose the cost of fuelling and maintaining the jet.
“Governor Emmanuel is not comfortable with the idea of sustaining the ownership of the jet and is contemplating selling it, more so, because of the slash in states’ allocations and the high cost of aviation fuel,” the source said.
Efforts to speak with Mr. Ekerete Udo, Senior Special Assistant,Media/Chief Press Secretary to the governor was unsuccessful as he did not pick his calls.