Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika has revealed he spent the sum of 12 billion Naira to purchase 10 firefighting trucks for Nigeria Airports.
Sirika made the disclosure on Sunday, April 2, saying he commissioned 10 firefighting trucks for the Federal Airports Authority, (FAAN).
According to his post shared on Twitter, the minister revealed that FAAN had not bought firefighting trucks in 15 years.
The N12 billion cost outlay has been generating comments on social media. It is surprising especially for a government that is on its way out to spend so much on fire trucks.
That cost would then average out to be N1.2 billion per fire truck! That figure is on the high side for a fire truck anywhere in the world. There are several fire truck manufacturers around the world with varying prices according to the specification of the truck.
A local manufacturer, Innoson, even builds fire trucks for a fraction of that cost. Maybe we should look more inwards if we sincerely want to save costs.