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Governors Shun Private Jets As Buhari's Body Language Hits Aviation Sector by NgeneUkwenu(f): 9:40am On Aug 21, 2015
Nigerian governors — known for their romance with luxury, typified by expensive local and foreign trips on private jets — may finally be cutting their coat according to their cloth.

Since the inauguration of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration in May 2015, the jet charter business has dipped to an all-time low in Nigeria, industry insiders have told TheCable.

“Before and during the election in March, I would say the charter business hit its peak, but since Buhari was sworn in, there has been a marked low frequency,” the chief executive of one of the operators, who asked not to be named, said.

The first factor held responsible for the change in travel habit is Buhari’s “body language” — a euphemism for the spartan lifestyle and the anti-corruption posture of the president who, many believe, will soon unleash the anti-graft agencies on public officers. Maintaining a low-key lifestyle is a strategy to divert the searchlight elsewhere.

“Clearly, since the governors reduced their patronage, our business has been seriously hit. That is the major cause of the lull. Without the governors, our business cannot boom,” he said, but did volunteer information on the value of business lost so far.

A second factor, another industry operator told TheCable, is the huge debts states are owing.

“I don’t know of any governor who would want to be caught flying in chartered jets by his banker. Even if the banker does not say anything to his face, you will see the story in the media the following day of how the governor of a debtor state is still flying jets around,” he said.

This is linked to another factor — the issue of unpaid salaries in many states, some running into eight months. The fear of incurring the wrath of unpaid workers has effectively blackmailed many governors into maintaining a low profile in their travels, although dwindling oil revenue and heavy election spending contributed largely to the debt overhang.

The lack of business has also affected patronage at a dozen air strips in the country. The only ones that are discernibly busy are the airstrips at Osubi operated by Shell, Bebi near Obudu Cattle Ranch and the one at Ajaokuta.


A favourite luxury of Nigerian politicians

Not all bad news

While political office holders and public servants have reduced their patronage of charter business, those in the private sector are still keeping it afloat, even if at a far reduced level.

“Those who used to patronise charter services from the business sector still do, at least to visit their branches at different parts of the country. But the major clients who are political office holders and other highly placed public servants have gone back to their shells,” an operator said, adding cheekily: “We no longer help fly their girlfriends around as we used to.”

It is also expected that as soon as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) finishes its current review, activities will pick up. The oil industry is the biggest customer after government.

“Because of the present status of NNPC, things are also slow. We are confident things will pick up, even if not as they used to be,” he added.

“Don’t forget that much is also not happening at Aso Rock. Everybody is operating at low key. There are no ministers and no contracts being awarded. We expect a change in fortune when ministers come on board.”

Necessity, the mother of invention, may save the charter business in the short run.

The lull has given rise to innovation, another charter service provider told TheCable, revealing that his company is considering ordering smaller propeller planes (turboprops) that will cost N500,000 for one hour service.

“We are also considering going into courier and cargo service because movement of cargo and parcels by land is cumbersome and unreliable,” he said.

The charter business

Charter operators charge $6,500 per hour for Hawker aircraft type and $8,000 for Challenger aircraft, and charges are usually calculated in “block time” which is not based on “flight time”: an aircraft could wait for long at the holding point on the runway while the client is conducting his or her business.

“Block time” means from the engine start to engine shut-down. For example, if a client charters an aircraft for a Lagos-Abuja-Lagos trip, he will pay $6,500 for a Hawker. When the aircraft lands in Abuja, it will wait for him. The first three hours are usually free but from the fourth hour, every hour is charged $2,500 or more.

Out of 146 private jets operating in Nigeria, 80 per cent are used for charter services. About 40 operate legal charter services — they are registered for that with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). However, about 100 have foreign registration and NCAA recognises them as privately owned but most of them are illegally into charter.

The future of charter business is not that bright, though. The luxury tax about to be introduced by the federal government “would definitely kill some operators because charter operation is generally very expensive and many of us cannot survive the taxes”, an operator said.

The Nigerian Airspace Management Authority (NAMA) had, in October 2013, introduced a luxury tax of about $3,000 for every departure of a private jet. It was initially suspended by the senate, but there are hints that it may be re-introduced by Buhari.


https://www.thecable.ng/insider-governors-shun-private-jets-buharis-body-language-hits-aviation-business

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Re: Governors Shun Private Jets As Buhari's Body Language Hits Aviation Sector by NgeneUkwenu(f): 9:40am On Aug 21, 2015
I Think This Is The Best Time To Tie President Buhari To A Life Term Contract With A Release Clause Of 10Trillion Dollars, at least to dissuade the Western Countries From Snatching Him From Us.

This Kind Of Leader Is Rare To Find Anywhere!

Umu Wailing Wailers What Do You Think?

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Re: Governors Shun Private Jets As Buhari's Body Language Hits Aviation Sector by INTROVERT(f): 9:41am On Aug 21, 2015
Anybody wants to sell their private jet should send me a message. grin grin grin



may be others below will have more serious comments to make.

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Re: Governors Shun Private Jets As Buhari's Body Language Hits Aviation Sector by chocolateme(f): 9:41am On Aug 21, 2015
Them go fear fear

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Re: Governors Shun Private Jets As Buhari's Body Language Hits Aviation Sector by HerexG(m): 9:42am On Aug 21, 2015
The era of public servants flamboyance is over !

They are now going back to their true calling as servants

Now the change has come wink

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Re: Governors Shun Private Jets As Buhari's Body Language Hits Aviation Sector by OZAOEKPE(f): 9:42am On Aug 21, 2015

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Re: Governors Shun Private Jets As Buhari's Body Language Hits Aviation Sector by bluaero(m): 9:43am On Aug 21, 2015
The fear of the probist is the begining of ........

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Re: Governors Shun Private Jets As Buhari's Body Language Hits Aviation Sector by Nobody: 9:44am On Aug 21, 2015
Owelle aminu el Rochas has 3 private Jets.....

APC!..........


Imo workers are hungry!

Heartless government full of learners and illiterates!

#whatifweloveoneanother..
#Ephraim Spencer aka SUPERBREED loves you all

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Re: Governors Shun Private Jets As Buhari's Body Language Hits Aviation Sector by SYDbeatz(m): 9:45am On Aug 21, 2015
the fear of bubu go slow is the beginning of wisdom.

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Re: Governors Shun Private Jets As Buhari's Body Language Hits Aviation Sector by Nobody: 9:46am On Aug 21, 2015
They can always use Word Of Faith Express... flying you on angel's wings..

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Re: Governors Shun Private Jets As Buhari's Body Language Hits Aviation Sector by Horlawoomey(m): 9:46am On Aug 21, 2015
good
Re: Governors Shun Private Jets As Buhari's Body Language Hits Aviation Sector by OrlandoOwoh(m): 9:47am On Aug 21, 2015
Ayo Oritsejafor go soon sell him own.

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Re: Governors Shun Private Jets As Buhari's Body Language Hits Aviation Sector by ladyF(f): 9:47am On Aug 21, 2015
Change is here

Sai Buhari

It's [size=20pt]LadyF[/size] again grin grin grin

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Re: Governors Shun Private Jets As Buhari's Body Language Hits Aviation Sector by NgeneUkwenu(f): 9:48am On Aug 21, 2015
OZAOEKPE:

Mumu

Aturu!!!

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Re: Governors Shun Private Jets As Buhari's Body Language Hits Aviation Sector by chocolateme(f): 9:51am On Aug 21, 2015
O di egwu .
Re: Governors Shun Private Jets As Buhari's Body Language Hits Aviation Sector by SYDbeatz(m): 9:52am On Aug 21, 2015
INTROVERT:
Anybody wants to sell their private jet should send me a message. grin grin grin



may be others below will have more serious comments to make.
do you think the price of a private jet is like ur pant and bra?. must you comment on every topic?

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Re: Governors Shun Private Jets As Buhari's Body Language Hits Aviation Sector by Nobody: 9:55am On Aug 21, 2015
Rochas and Oshiomole still fly private jet, I'm a stakeholder in the aviation sector so I want you guys to STFU

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Re: Governors Shun Private Jets As Buhari's Body Language Hits Aviation Sector by RockMaxi: 9:56am On Aug 21, 2015
There's no big deal flying chartered flight and operating the business only if our ways and records are clean.

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Re: Governors Shun Private Jets As Buhari's Body Language Hits Aviation Sector by Goke7: 10:04am On Aug 21, 2015
This is another achievement of GEJ o, make una come o, na im start am lol!

Who cares anyway, they can fold up for all I care, I was so embarrassed the other day when a Briton said that he has never seen the amount of private jets he saw at MMIA at any other airport in the world when he landed in Lagos. smh

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Re: Governors Shun Private Jets As Buhari's Body Language Hits Aviation Sector by emamos: 10:04am On Aug 21, 2015
HerexG:
The era of public servant flamboyance is over !

Now the change has come wink

whether they like it or not,it has totally arrived

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Re: Governors Shun Private Jets As Buhari's Body Language Hits Aviation Sector by Goke7: 10:10am On Aug 21, 2015
NgeneUkwenu:
I Think This Is The Best Time To Tie President Buhari To A Life Term Contract With A Release Clause Of 10Trillion Dollars, at least to dissuade the Western Countries From Snatching Him From Us.

This Kind Of Leader Is Rare To Find Anywhere!

Umu Wailing Wailers What Do You Think?
what you've just said look funny o but with the way baba go slow is going, if he keeps this pace for the next two years and comes up with that monthly stipend for every unemployed in Nigeria? hmm people go formulate 3rd term for Baba o and am not kidding, nobody wants to go back to the era of stealing is not corruption apart from the very few wailers!

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Re: Governors Shun Private Jets As Buhari's Body Language Hits Aviation Sector by Goke7: 10:12am On Aug 21, 2015
RockMaxi:
There's no big deal flying chartered flight and operating the business only if our ways and records are clean.


and how many people's records have been clean in the last 16 years both from pdp and apc?

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Re: Governors Shun Private Jets As Buhari's Body Language Hits Aviation Sector by digitsolution: 10:22am On Aug 21, 2015
That's good for them.......
Re: Governors Shun Private Jets As Buhari's Body Language Hits Aviation Sector by FreeGlobe(f): 10:25am On Aug 21, 2015
Governors shun eating as Buhari's body language hits the food industry - APC

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Re: Governors Shun Private Jets As Buhari's Body Language Hits Aviation Sector by Nobody: 10:26am On Aug 21, 2015
Great
Re: Governors Shun Private Jets As Buhari's Body Language Hits Aviation Sector by CallPolice: 10:27am On Aug 21, 2015
“We no longer help fly their girlfriends around as we used to.”


The Wailers will know better.

If you want to know how to spend a billion dollar in an hour. Ask a Wailer.

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Re: Governors Shun Private Jets As Buhari's Body Language Hits Aviation Sector by HungerBAD: 10:29am On Aug 21, 2015
This is what Nigeria needs.

A President that has the Smile of a Politician,the hardened heart of a Soldier and the incorruptible personality of Ghandi. We will get there gradually, and as for those Corrupt Politicians/Nigerian's?una PAWPAW don Ripe and na to pluck.

Another thing the Federal Government should look into, is to remove the TAX Waiver from all Churches. Our men of God are some of the most affluent and corrupt people in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, Onyeka Onwenu is every where. The things people will do to put food on their table. No shame and self respect at all.

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Re: Governors Shun Private Jets As Buhari's Body Language Hits Aviation Sector by Nuhusky: 10:30am On Aug 21, 2015
Hahahah the fear of Baba is the beginning of change

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Re: Governors Shun Private Jets As Buhari's Body Language Hits Aviation Sector by Drenix(m): 10:30am On Aug 21, 2015
All dis pipo una b witch
Re: Governors Shun Private Jets As Buhari's Body Language Hits Aviation Sector by drstan(m): 10:31am On Aug 21, 2015

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