The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has announced its decision to relocate its headquarters from Abuja back to Lagos, its original base. This move is said to be in the interest of the Authority and the nation, as stated in a release by Mrs. Obiageli Orah, Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection at FAAN. The decision came after wide consultations with stakeholders, including aviation unions.

The directive to return to Lagos was given by Mr. Festus Keyamo, the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development. Reasons cited for the relocation include the lack of office space for staff who initially moved to Abuja, resulting in their return to Lagos. It was noted that the returnee staff were drawing outstation allowances, increasing revenue losses, as their postings were in Abuja while they worked from Lagos.

Orah mentioned that moving the headquarters to Abuja initially was ill-advised; given the lack of a single FAAN building in Abuja to accommodate all staff at once. The Minister’s aim is to prevent the waste of public resources and ensure responsible use of public funds. Plans are underway to have concessionaires build suitable offices for FAAN in both Lagos and Abuja, and a final decision on the permanent headquarters will be made after completion.

FAAN reassures the public that operations in Abuja have not been scaled down, and the Authority will continue to act in the best interest of the country. The Minister’s commitment is emphasised, focusing on decisions that align with the best interests of the nation, especially concerning public funds.

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