Fresh gist reaching Naijauto have it that the defunct NEPA (National Electric Power Authority) has just put up 4 of its old and non-functioning helicopters for sale. These aircraft were reported to have been inherited by the TCN (Transmission Company of Nigeria).
Defunct NEPA puts up 4 of its old helicopters for sale
These reports claim that the 4 helicopters were initially deployed for proper surveillance and general fixes of all detected faulty power transmission NEPA lines across Nigeria. However, they have been lying idle for many years now at the domestic wing of MMA (Muritala Muhammed Airport) in Lagos. In fact, records have it that 2 of these helicopters carrying the registration number 5N-ASJ and 5N-ASK were manufactured in the year 1978 and have been grounded in MMA since the year 1997 and 1995 respectively.
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By record, two of these NEPA helicopters has been lying useless at MMA since the 1990s till now
Even though these helicopters can be repaired, the TCN says repairing them is uneconomical but instead, they can sell two of them for ₦36.2million ($100,000) even at the current state.
The agency also claims that the remaining two helicopters with the registration number 5N-EPA and 5N-BCJ have only been grounded since 2008 so, they are valued at $180,000 (₦65.2 million) and $340,000 (₦123.2 million) respectively.
The government-owned TCN has now declared that all of these Bolkow BO-105 old helicopters are now up for sale at a ₦260.7million ($720,000) price tag.
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