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Tarry on purchase of presidential jets for now, TCM urges FG

The TCM national coordinator said:"Nigerians are finding it more difficult to feed themselves, with food inflation rising to 40.66 percent in May. Inflation has moved by 0.26 percent to 33.95 percent from 33.69 percent recorded in April.

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Comrade Frank Pius Onyeka, the National Coordinator of the Collective Movement (TCM), says the Federal Government should suspend its plan to purchase new aircraft for the presidential fleets in light of the widespread poverty and hunger in the country.

He admonished the government to cancel or delay the purchase of presidential jets, saying government attention this time should focus on addressing the issue of hunger and deprivation.

In a press statement issued by TCM Director of Media, Ndubuisi Nwachukwu, in Umuahia, Abia State, on Sunday, Onyeka said that doing so will demonstrate the government’s commitment to the welfare of the citizens.

According to him, the perceived extravagance and potential misallocation of resources may undermine the government’s credibility and commitment to serving the public interest.

The TCM national coordinator said:”Nigerians are finding it more difficult to feed themselves, with food inflation rising to 40.66 percent in May. Inflation has moved by 0.26 percent to 33.95 percent from 33.69 percent recorded in April.

‘’ Spending on luxury items like presidential jets, when many citizens struggle with basic needs like food, healthcare, and education, raises questions about the government’s priorities.

‘’ The funds allocated to purchasing and maintaining presidential jets could be better utilized to address hunger, poverty, and other pressing social issues.

‘’ A luxurious presidential jet may symbolize the wealth gap between the ruling elite and the general population, exacerbating frustration and discontent.

‘’With commercial airlines and charter services available, some argue that a dedicated presidential jet is not essential for official business.’’

He, therefore, urged the Bola Tinubu-led administration to exhibit accountability, adding that the government must justify its spending decisions and demonstrate how they align with the country’s most pressing needs and priorities.

He added: “The resources spent on presidential jets could be invested in initiatives that will generate employment, stimulate economic growth, and reduce poverty.

‘’ The government should be transparent about the costs and benefits of purchasing presidential jets and be held accountable for its decision.

‘’The government should prioritize the basic needs of its citizens, such as food security, healthcare, education, and infrastructure, over luxury items.

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