The Federal Ministry of Aviation has ordered all Aviation agencies and parastatals to move their corporate headquarters to Abuja within the next 45 days. This was disclosed by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, via the ministry’s Twitter handle on Friday.
The minister explained that the directive is an attempt to enforce the 2012 Presidential directive that then ordered all government agencies to move their headquarters to the Federal Capital Territory.
With this directive, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET), are expected to relocate within the given time frame.
He added that the movement is now imperative because of the current global economic situation and reducing the cost of governance.
Minister of @fmaviationng Sen.@hadisirika has given the @FAAN_Official @NAMANIGERIA @NigerianCAA other, 45 days within which to relocate their corporate Hqrts in Lagos to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja in line with the Presidential directives given in 2012.
— Federal Ministry of Aviation, Nigeria (@fmaviationng) May 15, 2020
It stated, “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 (8) years after the directive, the agencies are yet to comply”.
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“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 honourable Minister’s directive (Copy attached) to request that you facilitate and complete the relocation of your corporate headquarters within the next forty-five (45) days in line with this earlier directive.”