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Finally, US Sells 12 Super Tucano Aircraft to Nigeria


The United States Department of Defence Headquarters, the Pentagon, told the US Congress on Monday of the sale of 12 Super Tucano A-29 ground attack aircraft and weapons to Nigeria to fight the Boko Haram sect in the northern part of the region.
The Pentagon was said to have communicated the sale of the 12 ground attack aircraft valued at $593m (N181bn) to the US Congress on Monday.
The Pentagon’s Defence Security Cooperation Agency made the announcement to the US legislature.
The Super Tucano A-29, “an agile, propeller-driven plane with reconnaissance and surveillance as well as attack capabilities is made by Brazil’s Embraer.”
Nigeria is expected to receive formal notification within weeks, setting in motion the deal with Nigeria.
They added that the arrangement would call for Nigeria purchasing up to 12 Embraer A-29 Super Tucano aircraft with sophisticated targeting gear.
Of Monday, an eight-member congressional delegation from the United States came into Nigeria to discuss Boko Haram insurgency and the humanitarian situation in the North-East.
The US Embassy in Nigeria said that the delegation will be led by Senator Christopher Coons, a member of the Appropriations, Foreign Relations, Judiciary, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Ethics committees and will be in the country till Thursday, August 31.
The Embassy said: “Among the issues of particular interest to the US officials will be the fight against Boko Haram and the humanitarian situation north-east of Nigeria”
In a statement, the Embassy disclosed that in the delegation will also include Senators Gary Peters, Michael Bennet, Representatives Lisa Blunt Rochester, Terri Sewell, Charlie Dent, Barbara Lee and Frederica Wilson.
The congressional delegation will also visit Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, and The Gambia during their West Africa tour.
“While in Abuja, the US legislators will meet with a range of high-ranking leaders to gain a fulsome picture of the bilateral relationship.
“They will be briefed by Ambassador W. Stuart Symington and staff before meeting with Vice President Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives Dogara, other members of the National Assembly, and religious and civil society leaders,” the statement said.
“They will also visit Lagos, where trade and investment relations will be the theme.
“In the country’s financial capital, they will meet with Nigerian business executives, tour the Egbin thermal power plant, participate in an American Business Council roundtable, and conclude with a reception featuring alumni of the Young African Leaders Initiative and the Tony Elemelu Foundation,” it added.


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