Senators From the North Oppose The Proposed Transfer of CBN Offices and FAAN Headquarters

The senators urged the federal government to contemplate reverting the relocated departments or be prepared to confront legal consequences.

On Monday, Suleiman Kawu, the spokesperson of the NSF, issued a statement calling for the reversal of the decision to relocate some CBN departments and the FAAN headquarters to Lagos. The CBN had previously announced the move due to congestion at its Abuja headquarters, and the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, also disclosed the relocation of FAAN headquarters to Lagos.

Senator Kawu, a member of the NNPP representing Kano South, expressed dissatisfaction on behalf of northerners with the relocation of the federal government agencies to Lagos. He revealed that northern senators are actively engaging with colleagues from other regions to advocate for the reversal of the relocated departments to Abuja.

Addressing the inconveniences faced by aggrieved northerners due to the relocations, Senator Kawu urged patience and assured that the concerns were being taken seriously. He emphasized the commitment to open dialogue, peaceful negotiations, and adherence to constitutional and legal measures.

Senator Kawu stated that the forum's members would discuss with the federal government, Senate leadership, and other stakeholders to ensure the return of the offices to Abuja. He encouraged effective communication, mutual respect, and collaboration to find a path leading to positive change, and pledged to engage with the executive branch, Senate leadership, and stakeholders to address concerns and provide updates.

In conclusion, Senator Kawu reaffirmed the commitment of representatives to resolving the issues at hand, seeking continued support, trust, and patience from the constituents. This condemnation marks the second time a Northern group, following the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), has criticized the relocation, alleging that the decision aims to further under-develop the northern part of the country.

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