Nigerian Government Allocates N1bn Annually for FAAN Officials’ Travel Between Abuja and Lagos, Says Minister Keyamo

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By Milcah Tanimu

The Minister for Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, has revealed that the Nigerian government earmarks N1 billion each year for Duty Tour Allowance (DTA) and air tickets for Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) officers shuttling between Abuja and Lagos.

Keyamo clarified this expenditure in response to his earlier comment on Channels Television regarding ‘N500 million FAAN workers’ DTA.’ According to him, in 2023, FAAN workers spent N493,678,620.37 on DTA and N451,058,950.09 on air tickets.

During a Channels TV interview, Keyamo expressed surprise at the substantial amount spent in just one year on DTA for principal officers commuting between Lagos and Abuja almost daily. He emphasized that the insistence on designating Abuja as FAAN’s headquarters, despite a lack of sufficient offices, led to an expenditure close to N1 billion.

Despite opposition, the minister remains committed to the Federal Government’s decision to relocate FAAN headquarters from Abuja to Lagos, a move he officially announced on January 19th, 2023.


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