The Rivers State Governor, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, has confirmed the purchase of another aircraft by the state government.
Amaechi said the brand new Bombardier jet cost the state government $45.7 million.
Speaking on his behalf, the state Commissioner for Information, Ibim Semenitari, said the aircraft was paid for about two years ago.
Semenitari said the primary reason for the purchase was safety.
She said plans had been concluded to sell the old aircraft purchased by the government of former Governor Peter Odili.
“It was paid for two years ago.
“The reason is for safety.
“The new aircraft is a much safer one.”
The commissioner said the Rivers State House of Assembly was consulted before the order for the purchase of the Bombardier Global 5000 (N565RS) was made.
The jet was purchased from Bombardier in Canada for $45.7 million through the Bank of Utah Trustee account.