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We relocated headquarters to Lagos in Nigeria’s best interest – FAAN

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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) said on Thursday that, in an effort to save costs, it had moved its corporate headquarters from Abuja to Lagos.


This is what Mrs. Obiageli Orah, Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection at FAAN, said in a statement made in Abuja.

She claims that in order to stop the waste of public resources, Mr. Festus Kayamo, the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, issued the order for the relocation.

According to her, the unions and other stakeholders, including the FAAN management, decided that, for the time being, the action was best for the nation and the authority.

Since there isn’t enough office space in Abuja for those impacted by the decision to relocate the headquarters, they have since moved back to Lagos.

The authority will continue to run its old Lagos facility, which can currently house all of its directors and top personnel, until that is completed, she continued.

She declared that FAAN had not lowered its level of activity in Abuja and that the city will maintain fully functional offices.

“The authority’s “corporate headquarters” location was chosen purely on a technical basis; the current operational organization in both cities is unaffected.

Moving the headquarters to Abuja when there wasn’t a single FAAN building there big enough to house them all at once was a bad idea in the first place.

Since their official posting is in Abuja, they are officially operating out of the stationation, hence the Authority will have to pay them DTA whenever they return to Lagos, she said.

Considering the enormous number of passengers that use the Lagos airports, she pointed out that over 60% of FAAN’s operations were conducted there.

“The Minister has announced intentions to persuade concessionaires to construct appropriate offices for the Authority in Abuja and Lagos.

The permanent headquarters’ location would be decided upon in the near future, once the authority has constructed appropriate corporate buildings in both Lagos and Abuja.

“This will rely on the current circumstances,” she stated.

The director emphasized that the FAAN was committed to acting in the nation’s and the public’s best interests going forward.

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