FAAN Reveals Why They Relocated Their Headquarters to Lagos

FAAN Reveals Why They Relocated Their Headquarters to Lagos

by Victor Ndubuisi

In an effort to cut costs, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) announced on Thursday that it has 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 squandering of public funds, Mr. Festus Kayamo, the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, ordered the move.

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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 is no longer enough office space for them in Abuja, those impacted by the decision to relocate the headquarters have returned to Lagos.

“It was ill-advised in the first place to move the headquarters to Abuja when there was no single FAAN building in Abuja to accommodate all of them at once.

“Having returned to Lagos, the Authority will be liable to pay them DTA because technically they are working out of station as their official posting is to Abuja,” she said.

She noted that more than 60 per cent of the FAAN activities was in Lagos, given the huge passenger volume of the Lagos airports.

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“The Minister has rolled out plans to get concessionaires to build befitting offices for the Authority in Lagos and Abuja.

“Until that is done, the authority will continue to manage its old building in Lagos that can accommodate all its directors and senior officials for now”, she added.


She stated that Abuja would continue to have full operational offices as FAAN had not scaled down operations in Abuja one bit.

“It is just the technical decision of where the authority has its ‘corporate headquarters’ that has been taken without affecting the structure of operations as they are for now in both cities.

“⁠In the near future, when befitting corporate buildings have been built for the authority in both Lagos and Abuja, a final decision will be taken as to the location of the permanent headquarters.


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“This will depend on the exigencies of the time,” she said.

The director stressed that the FAAN was determined to continue to act in the best interest of the public and the country.



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