Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo (middle), during a tour of MMIA, Lagos, yesterday, Thursday, August 31, 2023.
Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, has revealed that relocation of the headquarters of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) from Abuja to Lagos will help the agency save over N500 million on travels alone.
Keyamo made this revelation in an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday.
The minister insisted that there is no going back on the relocation of the headquarters of the FAAN.
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 relocation of FAAN and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) departments to Lagos.
But, Keyamo said the movement of the headquarters of the airport authority has become necessary in line with current economic and operational realities.
Keyamo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, said the movement of the FAAN headquarters would save the government and the people of Nigeria half a billion naira wasted on air tickets by officials of the Authority who have to commute from Lagos to Abuja and back.
The minister said top FAAN officials and aviation unions approached him and that the head office of the authority moved to Lagos for operational efficiency.
On whether President Bola Tinubu was aware of the decision or not, he said, “I take the decision”.
“Infrastructure Development: I did not meet any masterplan on ground in the entire Nigeria… I have told the President that we need to start with masterplans for the five international airports,” he added.