Amid the controversy surrounding the move by the Federal
Government to relocate the headquarters of the Federal Airports Authority of
Nigeria, FAAN from Abuja to Lagos, the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace
Development, Festus Keyamo has declared that there is no going back on the
The minister spoke on Wednesday when he appeared on Channels
TV programme, Politics Today.
Recall that Senator Ali Ndume from Borno South as well as
chieftains of the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, Northern Elders Forum, NEF,
and other northern groups had kicked against the moves.
According to them, the relocation of FAAN headquarters and
some departments of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to Lagos was an attempt
to marginalise the north.
But addressing the controversy, Keyamo simply said, “We are
going ahead. The directive has been given.”
Keyamo said the whole issue was compounded with the fact
that FAAN is not yet digitalised and so, in one year, they spend half a billion
naira on a flight ticket between Lagos and Abuja alone.
“You see them flying every day to and fro Abuja to get one
file signed. They fly every day, back and forth. In one year, they spent close
to half a billion naira on flight tickets. N450 million on flight tickets
alone,” he said.
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