The Ministry of Aviation has given the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) 45 days within which to relocate its corporate headquarters in Lagos to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja in line with the Presidential directives issued in 2012
The order for FAAN to relocate to Abuja is contained in a – three-paragraph letter DATED May 4, 2020, signed by the Director of Human Resource Management, Muhammadu Shehu, for the Aviation Minister, titled, “Relocation of Aviation Agencies Headquarters to Abuja” and addressed to the Managing Director of FAAN/
“I am directed to remind you of Presidential directives issued in 2012 requestion all the agencies under the Ministry to relocate their corporate headquarters to the Federal Capital Territory Abuja for efficient and effective coordination and enhanced service delivery between the Ministry and its agencies and to note that eight years after, the agencies are yet to comply
Accordingly, considering the current situation and economic impact worldwide, as well as the need to reduce the cost of governance and manage scarce resources in a sustainable way, it has become imperative and further to the Honourable Minister’s directives (copy attached) to request that you facilitate and complete the relocation exercise of your corporate headquarters to Abuja within the next forty-five days in line with the earlier directives,” the letter reads in part.
Recalled that the policy to relocate these agencies was mooted in 2008 when the Federal Government directed agencies under the Ministry of Aviation to relocate their corporate head offices to Abuja.
The directive re-echoed in 2012 but was not implemented by the government.
The relocation order had then directed Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to relocate to FCT.