Senators from the Northern region have raised objections to the proposed relocation of federal agencies from Abuja to Lagos, asserting that it is part of a broader issue of lopsided resource allocation in the 2024 budget.
The senators, united under the banner of the Northern Senators Forum, pledged to engage in peaceful negotiations and legal measures to address the concerns raised by their constituents.
The controversy started when the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) announced plans to transfer some of its departments to Lagos last week, citing congestion at its Abuja headquarters. Shortly after, the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, ordered the relocation of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) headquarters from Abuja to Lagos.
In response, the Northern Senators Forum issued a statement through their spokesperson, Senator Suleiman Kawu Sumaila, expressing their commitment to addressing the perceived lopsidedness in the distribution and allocation of resources.
As reported by Dailytrust, the senators affirmed their role as representatives of the people and vowed to engage with their colleagues and the executive branch for an amicable resolution.
“As representatives of the people at the national level (Senate), we are committed to addressing the concerns and feelings of our constituents regarding certain decisions and policies put forth by the federal government – lopsidedness in the distribution and allocation of resources in the 2024 budget, relocation of some federal agencies from Abuja to Lagos.
“We understand the importance of fostering a harmonious relationship between the government and its citizens, and it is in this spirit that we are announcing our collective efforts to seek an amicable resolution to these pressing issues, within the confines of our constitution and existing laws.
“Let us assure our constituents that we have taken their concerns seriously and are actively engaging with our colleagues in order to address these matters effectively. We firmly believe in the power of open dialogue and collaboration to bring about positive change for our nation.