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    Nigeria: Aviation Ministry Orders Agencies to Permanently Relocate to Federal Capital

    Some prevailing circumstances favour the operation of some businesses, while some others do not. Since the unexpected outbreak of coronavirus in Nigeria, many business organizations have had to effect some strategic adjustments such as the adoption of the work-from-home approach, downsizing of workforce etc. to enhance the chances of their success in the everyday delivery of their services and the maximization of profit.

    It is against this backdrop that the ministry of aviation released an official notice that all state-owned agencies such as the Accident Investigation Bureau associated with the Ministry of Aviation perfect plans to relocate to Abuja within a month and a half.

    The Nigerian Pilot reported that Hadi Sirika, Aviation Minister, had via the Ministry’s Twitter handle on Friday, confirmed the issuance of an official directive for all aviation agencies within the country to effect the relocation of their headquarters to Abuja within a month and two weeks. 

    Sirka explained that the directive was part of a concerted effort to effect the 2012 Presidential directive that required all federal government agencies to move their corporate headquarters to the Federal Capital Territory. 

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    Although that official notice was coming about 12 months after the Ministry of Aviation had debunked rumours that it issued an directive for the relocation of the federal government agencies’ headquarters to Abuja, The Daily Independent confirmed that the ministry had officially directed all aviation-related parastatals to move their corporate headquarters to the Nigerian capital city.

    The Relocation Order

    Also, The Daily Independent confirmed that the directive to move to Abuja had been endorsed by the President about 8 years ago and it was expected Chief Executive Officers of state-owned aviation agencies complied with the order before the lapse of the deadline.

    In a letter, the Director, Human Resource Management, Muhammad Shehu, the minister reminded the agencies that the order had already been given by the President in 2012.

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    A part of the letter read that the Aviation Minister was directed to remind CEOs  in charge of a Presidential directive issued in 2012 requesting all the agencies within the Ministry of Aviation to effect the relocation of their corporate headquarters to the Federal Capital Territory.

    Also, Sirika explained that with the outlook of the current economic situation occasioned by the deadly outbreak of the coronavirus, the move would help to slash the cost of governance and manage limited resources in a way to guarantee economic stability.

    Those Expected to Move

    Government-owned agencies expected to respond to the relocation order by the government include the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) and others.

    The other two aviation agencies were not operated in Lagos State.  A typical example is the Nigerian Meteorological Agency which had always been in Abuja, and the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria with its headquarters within Kaduna.

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    Reason for the Relocation Order

    The Punch Newspapers gathered that the Ministry of Aviation officials confirmed the order on Friday, adding that the relocation of the agencies’ headquarters out of Lagos would skyrocket efficiency and the delivery of service between the aviation agencies and the ministry of aviation.

    This came as some members of staff of the affected agencies complained that there were no much office spaces in Abuja to accommodate that size of workforce.

    Corroborating this news, The Vanguard reported that the Minister of Aviation noted that considering the present situation and the economic effect globally as well as the need to efficiently manage limited resources sustainably, it was pertinent to ask that the CEO’s of the relevant government parastatals to facilitate the relocation of their headquarters in not more than forty five (45) days in conformity with that previous directive.

    Robert David
    Robert David
    Robert David is a journalist of Awutar. If you want to get in touch with him write via: [email protected]


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