FAAN, NAMA, Other Aviation Agencies to Move Headquarters to FCT in 45 Days

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Hadi Sirika, FAAN, NAMA, Other Aviation Agencies, Move Headquarters, FCT, 45 Days
Nigeria's aviation minister, Hadi Sirika

The federal government in Nigeria has ordered all aviation agencies to relocate their headquarters to the Federal Capital Territory within 45 days.

Officials at the ministry of aviation confirmed this on Friday, adding that the directive involves four of the ministry’s agencies, as two other key parastatals have their headquarters in Abuja and Kaduna.

Judicial Sketch learnt that the minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, wanted to cut down the cost of governance by the federal government.

Presently, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Accident Investigation Bureau and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency have their headquarters in Lagos’ while the Nigerian Meteorological Agency has its headquarters in Abuja, and the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology has its in Zaria, Kaduna State.

A letter dated May 4, 2020, with reference FMA/PMD/7061/T/4 and signed on behalf of Sirika by the Director, Human Resource Management, FMA, Muhammad Shehu, reminded the concerned agencies that the order was  given  by the Nigerian president in 2012.

“I am directed to remind you of a Presidential directive issued in 2012 requesting all the agencies under the Ministry of Aviation to relocate their corporate headquarters to the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja) for efficient and effective coordination and enhanced service delivery and note that eight years after the directive, the agencies are yet to comply”, the minister said in the letter.

He also said, “Accordingly, considering the current situation and the 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 minister’s directive to request that you facilitate and complete the relocation of your corporate headquarters within the next 45 days in line with this earlier directive.”

Officials at the ministry of aviation confirmed this on Friday, adding that the directive only involves four of the ministry’s agencies, as two other key parastatals have their headquarters in Abuja and Kaduna.

Judicial Sketch learnt that the minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, wanted to cut down the cost of governance by the federal government.

Presently, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Accident Investigation Bureau and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency have their headquarters in Lagos’ while the Nigerian Meteorological Agency has its headquarters in Abuja, and the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology has its in Zaria, Kaduna State.

A letter dated May 4, 2020, with reference FMA/PMD/7061/T/4 and signed on behalf of Sirika by the Director, Human Resource Management, FMA, Muhammad Shehu, reminded the concerned agencies that the order was  given  by the Nigerian president in 2012.

“I am directed to remind you of a Presidential directive issued in 2012 requesting all the agencies under the Ministry of Aviation to relocate their corporate headquarters to the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja) for efficient and effective coordination and enhanced service delivery and note that eight years after the directive, the agencies are yet to comply”, the minister said in the letter.

He also said, “Accordingly, considering the current situation and the 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 minister’s directive to request that you facilitate and complete the relocation of your corporate headquarters within the next 45 days in line with this earlier directive.”

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