Flash: Governor Amaechi Must Pay $320,000 To Regain Jet – NAMA

Rivers state jet

The ‘roforofo’ fight between the powers that be and the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi with the grounding of the state government’s Bombardier has continued to raise new dusts. Now, sources say the embattled governor, which many believe to have fallen out with some strong Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) figures would have to pay a total sum of $320,000,  a $20,000 per day fine to the National Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) for the 16 days its pilot contravened the aviation laws in order to regain the jet.

The Rivers State government has however denied being notified of NAMA’s fine.

“We are not aware of any fine, neither has the state government been officially briefed. Whenever NAMA briefs us officially on the issue, we will know what to do.”

There has been wide speculation that politics was behind, first, the delaying of the flight by NAMA in Akure, Ondo State, when Governor Rotimi Amaechi went for the burial of the late deputy governor of Ekiti State, Mrs Funmi Olayinka on Friday 26th April 2013, and the eventual grounding of the jet. NAMA has denied the allegation, saying rather the actions were taken because the pilot violated aviation regulations. 

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