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Nigeria to receive 6 Super Tucano aircraft from US in July 2021 to fight insurgency

The FG has announced that Nigeria expects 6 of the 12 Tucano aircraft it earlier ordered to arrive mid-July 2021.

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The Presidency has announced that 6 of the 12 super Tucano fighter aircraft earlier ordered by the Federal Government are set to arrive in the country by mid-July 2021, with the remaining 6 to come in shortly after.

This follows the award of a $329 million Foreign Military Sales contract to SNC by the United States government to build 12 A-29s for the Nigerian air force in November 2018.

This disclosure was made by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, through a series of tweet posts on his official Twitter handle on Thursday, March 18, 2021.

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While stating that the armed Super Tucanos are intended for use against terrorist groups, the Boko Haram and Islamic State militants, Shehu said they have come off the production line in Jacksonville Florida and are now being equipped and flight tested.

The statement from Garba Shehu reads, “Six of the twelve Super Tucanos are on track to arrive in mid-July 2021. With the remaining six shortly after that. There are 14 Nigerian pilots currently training at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia.

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“The super Tucano came off the production line in Jacksonville Florida, and are now being equipped and flight tested. Nigerian pilots and maintenance personnel are training on these planes. Currently, the construction is ongoing, which will house the aircraft.

“The Air-Ground-Integration school is the training hub on targeting and minimization of civilian casualties. At present five Nigerian Super Tucanos are at Moody AFB in Georgia for pilot and maintainer training. The two companies released images of the sixth aircraft, which also will be flown to Moody, in a jungle camouflage scheme.”

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According to Shehu, SNC said that the painted jungle scheme NAF A-29 now moves on to mission modification at Moody Air Force Base adding that following modification, before delivery, NAF pilots and maintenance personnel will further train in the aircraft.

What you should know

  • Recall Nairametrics reported on December 2020 that The Nigerian Air Force  announced that an A-29 Super Tucano fighter jet will be delivered to Nigeria in 2021.
  • The Super Tucano Aircraft, which has been described as devastatingly effective against covert insurgents, was approved for sale to the Nigerian Government by the Trump-led US administration to support Nigerian military operations against terrorist organizations, Boko Haram and ISIS West Africa and Nigeria’s efforts to counter illicit trafficking in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea.
  • This deal came after the Obama-led US government reportedly refused to help Nigeria with military equipment to help fight insurgency in the country.

 

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Chike Olisah is a graduate of accountancy with over 15 years working experience in the financial service sector. He has worked in research and marketing departments of three top commercial banks. Chike is a senior member of the Nairametrics Editorial Team. You may contact him via his email- [email protected]

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    Just-in: President Buhari restores ownership of OML 123, 124, 126 and 137 to NNPC

    The President has ordered the restoration of ownership of OML 123, others to NNPC.

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    President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the restoration of the leases on OMLs 123, 124, 126 and 137 to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) which is in production sharing contract with Chinese government-0wned, Addax Petroleum.

    President Muhammadu has approved the return of ownership of leases on OMLs 123, 124, 126 and 137 to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

    This announcement was made known by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu via a social media statement.

    “In line with the current administration’s commitment to the rule of law, fairness & enabling a stable business climate for investment, President @MBuhari has approved the restoration of the leases on OMLs 123, 124, 126 & 137 to @NNPCgroup which is in production sharing contract with Addax Petroleum, a company wholly owned by Government of the People’s Republic of China on the blocks. The leases belonging to the Federation were revoked on March 30, 2021,” Shehu tweeted.

    The Presidential spokesman noted that the “development reaffirms the commitment of President Buhari to the rule of law and sanctity of contracts” as the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, have already been directed to retract the letter of revocation of the leases.

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    Dangote acquires 400 trucks from ANAMMCO plant in Enugu, brings total to 4,000

    Dangote Group has taken delivery of another set of 400 Shacman trucks from Transit Support Services Limited and assembled in the former ANAMMCO plant in Enugu.

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    The Dangote Group has taken delivery of another set of 400 Shacman trucks from Transit Support Services Limited and assembled in the former ANAMMCO plant in Enugu.

    This brings the total number of trucks bought by the Dangote Group from Transit Support Services Limited to about 4,000 units since the entry of the brand into the country in 2016.

    According to a report from the Punch, this disclosure is contained in a statement issued by the Head of Public Relations and Media at the Transit Support Services Limited, Iyere Ikhide.

    Ikhide in the statement said that the Dangote-Shacman partnership has led to the resuscitation of the ANAMMCO plant in Enugu.

    It described Dangote as the biggest customer of the Enugu-based auto assembler, noting that the partnership had resulted in the provision of more jobs for many youths; rejuvenation of the Onne Port in Rivers State and the attendant economic benefits.

    The statement from Transit Support Services Limited partly reads, “Following the partnership deal and commitments to quality, the biggest customer of Shacman brand in Nigeria, Dangote Group, has taken delivery of additional 400 units of Shacman trucks.

    Dangote Group has since the entrance of Shacman vehicles into the Nigerian market through Transit Support Services Limited as Shacman Nigeria six years ago, bought over 3,500 units of the brand.’’

    What you should know

    • It can be recalled that in February 2020, the largest Indigenous Industrial Conglomerate in West Africa, the Dangote Group, invested about N63 billion in a local automaker with an assembling plant in Enugu with the purchase of 3,500 trucks while going into a long-term partnership with them.
    • The automaker, which goes by the name Transit Support Services Limited, went into a long-term agreement with Dangote Group and has already supplied 3,500 Shacman trucks to the company from its Anambra Motor Manufacturing Company assembly plant in Emene Enugu State.

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