The government body in charge of managing all commercial airports in Nigeria, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has relocated its head office from Lagos to Abuja.
Mrs Henrietta Yakubu who is the general manager of public affairs of FAAN made this revelation in a statement made on Tuesday. She noted that the relocation from Lagos to Abuja was done after the Federal Ministry of Aviation had requested for all government bodies under the ministry of aviation to move their head office to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Mrs Yakubu pointed out that the aim of the move of all the bodies under the ministry was to help give optimal operational efficiency and attain a highly improved quality of service to the public who engage their services.
The directors and essential staff of FAAN authority, along with captain Rabiu Yadudu who is the managing director are also reported to have relocated to the FCT to ensure smooth transitioning and maintain efficiency.
The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) who is also under the ministry of aviation has also relocated its headquarters from Lagos to Abuja, complying with the directive from the minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika to ensure seamless cooperation within the agencies.
The minister gave the directive as an attempt to enforce an order given by the president in 2012 to relocate with the hope of removing unnecessary cost of governance especially with the current coronavirus induced global economic crisis.
There are five agencies under the federal ministry of aviation given a 45-day ultimatum to relocate, these agencies are the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).