Former APC Spokesman Nabena Urges Tinubu to Relocate Major Federal Agencies to Strategic Regions

Former APC Spokesman Nabena Urges Tinubu to Relocate Major Federal Agencies to Strategic Regions

Former APC Spokesman Urges Tinubu to Relocate Key Federal Agencies for Enhanced Efficiency

Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena, has called on President Bola Tinubu to consider relocating crucial federal agencies for improved operational efficiency.

Nabena specifically advocates for the relocation of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), and Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to the Niger Delta region.

Calls for Transparency Amidst Federal Government’s Relocation Plans

Nabena’s plea comes in the wake of the Federal Government’s expressed interest in relocating elements of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to Lagos State.

Referencing a 1997 interview with Tinubu, Nabena emphasizes the need for transparency regarding the government’s intentions.

Northern Senators and Elites Oppose Relocation Decision

The proposed relocation of certain agencies to Lagos State has stirred heated arguments, especially with strong opposition from Northern senators and elites.

Nabena contends that federal agencies symbolize Nigerian unity and should be handled with care.

Efficiency Beyond Lagos: Advocating for Niger Delta and Other Strategic Regions

Nabena argues that if the efficiency of agencies is the primary consideration for relocation, the NNPCL, NIMASA, and NPA could be more effective in Bayelsa, Rivers, or Delta states, oil-producing regions.

He further suggests relocating the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development to Kogi for proximity to Ajaokuta Steel and the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment to Kano or Anambra, where trade is prominent.

Additionally, he proposes moving the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to Benue, the nation’s food basket.

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