CBN, FAAN Relocation from Abuja to Lagos Gains Momentum as Group Throws Weight Behind FG, Faults Ndume, Others

Agency Report

A group, the Arewa Liberation Congress, has backed the plan of relocation of some agencies and departments under the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria from Abuja to Lagos State.

The senator representing Borno South Senatorial, Ali Ndume, had faulted the apex government’s decision to relocate the Department of Banking Supervision of the CBN to Lagos and the directive of the Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace Development to relocate the head office of the FAAN to Lagos.

Ndume had during an interview with Channels Television on Tuesday said that the President was being ill-advised by “Lagos boys” in the corridors of power.

“All these Lagos boys who are thinking that Lagos is Nigeria are just misinforming and advising the President wrongly,” the senator said.

Reacting to the development in a statement signed by the ARD spokesman, Usman Mohammed, the group said the President Bola Tinubu-led administration has the right to relocate any department or agency of the government for effective service delivery to any part of the country.

The statement read, “For Ndume and his ilk, any action of government must be guided by primordial considerations that have stalled the progress and development of the country for decades rather than national interest.

“Unfortunately for the senator representing the good people of Borno South, President Tinubu is a federalist and quality service-oriented person who prioritizes effectiveness and efficiency in service delivery with results to show above ethnic considerations

“We wonder why Senator Ndume did not raise any such alarm when former President Muhammadu Buhari intentionally established and cited in his home state – Katsina – about 21 federal agencies during his eight-year reign, even to the chagrin of other states in the north that hardly benefitted anything tangible from the Buhari administration.”


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