Nigerian billionaires planning to buy private jets have been stopped from doing so as the Nigerian Government has suspended the importation of private airplanes, helicopters and other lighter aircraft into the country.
Sources in the Ministry of Aviation said the suspension, which took
effect a few months ago, would continue until the formulation of a new
policy on importation of private jets and helicopters.
The sources revealed that the new policy, currently being drafted by
the ministry, would take into cognizance several issues regarding the
importation of private jets into the country.
Top government officials, however, said the Aviation ministry had yet
to determine when work on the policy would be completed and, as such,
there was no definite date for the removal of the suspension.
The Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister of Aviation, Mr. Joe Obi, confirmed the development.
Obi, however, stressed that the suspension did not affect the
importation of commercial and passenger jets being used by domestic
He said, “The domestic airlines are free to bring in their normal
passenger planes. But the suspension only affects private jets. The
government is trying to work on a new policy for the private jet.