Senator Ndume Issues Warning on Proposed Relocation of CBN and FAAN Departments
Warning and Political Consequences
Senator Ali Ndume, Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Army, has issued a stern warning to President Bola Tinubu regarding the proposed relocation of some departments of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) headquarters to Lagos.
Ndume emphasizes that such a move will have political repercussions if implemented.
Allegations of Misleading Influence by “Lagos Boys”
During an appearance on Channels TV, Senator Ndume accuses President Tinubu of being misled by a group he terms “Lagos Boys.”
He asserts that these individuals lack a comprehensive understanding of Nigeria and will be unable to assist the president when faced with the consequences of such a decision.
Background on Proposed Relocation
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had internally communicated its intention to move certain offices to Lagos due to departmental congestion, while the government announced the relocation of the FAAN headquarters to enhance efficiency and reduce costs.
Senator Ndume’s Alternative Proposal
Senator Ndume proposes that if relocation is necessary due to congestion, states such as Nasarawa, Kaduna, or Kogi, in proximity to Abuja, would be more suitable than distant Lagos.
Critique of Decision and Potential Political Fallout
Ndume criticizes the decision to relocate and warns of potential political consequences.
He contends that those advising the president on such matters are misguided and lack the knowledge of the broader Nigerian context.
Emphasis on Nigeria’s Diversity and Critique of Lagos-Centric Approach
Senator Ndume emphasizes that Lagos does not represent the entirety of Nigeria.
He urges President Tinubu to reconsider the relocation decision, highlighting the increase in operational costs and potential risks to workers’ lives.
Senator Ndume’s Confidence in Presidential Reversal
Expressing confidence in President Tinubu’s nationalist approach, Senator Ndume believes that the decision will be reconsidered.
He challenges the notion of having dual capitals and points out the impracticality of relocating institutions based on regional economic activities.
Reiteration of Lagos’ Inadequacy and Democratic Remedy
Senator Ndume reiterates his position that Lagos should not be considered as the sole representation of Nigeria.
He emphasizes the inadequacy of the decision and expresses confidence that the president will reverse it.
Should this not occur, he hints at democratic mechanisms to address the issue.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn