The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has announced its decision to relocate its headquarters from Abuja back to Lagos, citing the need to prevent the waste of public resources. The move, disclosed in an internal memo from FAAN’s Managing Director, Mrs. Olubumi Kuku, aims to address the impracticality of the initial shift to Abuja.
The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Mr. Festus Keyamo, pledged to construct suitable offices in both Lagos and Abuja for FAAN. Following consultations with industry stakeholders and unions, the consensus was that relocating to Lagos was in the best interest of the authority and the nation.
FAAN outlined several reasons for the relocation, including the fact that personnel previously moved to Abuja had returned to Lagos due to a lack of office space. This return would lead to financial implications, as Duty Tour Allowance (DTA) would be applicable since their official posting was to Abuja. The alternative of abandoning the old FAAN building in Lagos was deemed wasteful, with over 60% of the authority’s activities concentrated in Lagos.
Keyamo has proposed plans for concessionaires to construct appropriate offices in both cities, emphasizing that until then, FAAN would manage its existing building in Lagos. The move does not affect the operational offices in Abuja, and operations there remain unaffected.
FAAN assured the public that decisions made are in the best interest of the country, with a commitment to managing public funds judiciously. The eventual permanent headquarters will be determined based on the construction of suitable corporate buildings in both Lagos and Abuja. The announcement marks a significant step in optimizing FAAN’s operational efficiency and minimizing unnecessary expenditure.