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Avi­a­tion min­istry, agen­cies peg N4bn for ac­com­mo­da­tion

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The Fed­eral Min­istry of Avi­a­tion and its agen­cies will spend N4 bil­lion for procur­ing the cor­po­rate head­quar­ters build­ing and staff ac­com­mo­da­tion in Abuja.

The agen­cies in­clude the Nige­ria Civil Avi­a­tion Agency (NCAA), the Fed­eral Air­ports Author­ity of Nige­ria (FAAN), the Nige­ria Airspace Man­age­ment Agency (NAMA) and the Ac­ci­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Bureau (AIB).

All the agen­cies have re­cently re­lo­cated their head­quar­ters to Abuja fol­low­ing the di­rec­tive by the Min­is­ter of Avi­a­tion, Sen­a­tor Hadi Sirika.

The N4bn al­lo­cated for pro­vi­sion of ac­com­mo­da­tion for staff of the Min­istry and its agen­cies is con­tained in the de­tails of the 2021 bud­get re­cently pre­sented by Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari.

The Min­istry and four agen­cies in­clud­ing NAMA, AIB, the Nige­rian Col­lege of Avi­a­tion Tech­nol­ogy (NCAT), Zaria and Nige­ria Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Agency (NIMET) are to spend N89.9bn on cap­i­tal projects.

The on­go­ing con­struc­tion of the sec­ond run­way of Nnamdi Azikiwe In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Abuja got N14bn.

Sirika had in a let­ter dated 4th May, 2020 FMA/PMD/7061/T/4 and signed by the Di­rec­tor, Hu­man Re­source Man­age­ment, Al­haji Mo­ham­mad Shehu gave the agen­cies 45 days to re­lo­cate their head­quar­ters from La­gos to Abuja.

Ac­cord­ing to the Min­is­ter, the re­lo­ca­tion or­der was premised on the cur­rent global eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion and the need to re­duce cost of gov­er­nance.

But avi­a­tion work­ers through their unions said while they are not against the di­rec­tive, all is­sues of wel­fare must be ad­dressed be­fore the re­lo­ca­tion. How­ever, 45 days af­ter the di­rec­tive, all the agen­cies re­lo­cated to Abuja.

De­spite the re­lo­ca­tion, the ma­jor­ity of work­ers re­main in La­gos which have now been con­verted to head­quar­ters an­nexes.

The work­ers are de­mand­ing the pay­ment of al­lowances which run into bil­lions of naira in line with the pro­vi­sions of the con­di­tions of ser­vice be­fore re­lo­cat­ing.

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