FAAN staffers spend N450m on tickets to sign document in Abuja, relocation is certain – Keyamo

By Favour Nnabugwu
The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, says there is no going back on the relocation of the headquarters of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) from Abuja to Lagos
“We are going ahead. The directive has been given,” the minister said matter-of-factly on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme on Wednesday.
He said it was uncalled for the half a billion FAAN staff spent on flight ticket annually to bring document through and from Abuja for signing
“You see them flying every day to and fro Abuja to get one file signed. They fly every day back and forth. In one year, they spent close to half a billion naira on flight tickets. N450m on flight tickets alone,” he said.
Keyamo said the movement of the headquarters of the airport authority has become necessary in line with current economic and operational realities.
all aviation agencies from Lagos to Abuja in 2020, no adequate provision was made for the principal officers like the directors and the departments under them.
He clarified that the headquarters is where the decision-makers meet, not where the largest number of workers are and not where the biggest building is.
He said over 100 of the 132 workers at the head office are in Lagos while only the directors are in Abuja — without their support staffers.
Keyamo said the whole issue was compounded by the fact that FAAN is not yet digitalised and so, in one year, they spent half a billion naira on flight tickets between Lagos and Abuja alone.
Continental Re unveils Panel Judges for Journalism Awards

By Favour Nnabugwu 

With the submission window closing on February 14, 2024, Continental Reinsurance Plc is excited to reveal the eminent judging panel for the upcoming 9th Pan-African (Re)Insurance Journalism Awards.

This group of experts, led by Chair Michael Wilson, is set to recognize outstanding journalism in the insurance industry at the awards ceremony scheduled for April 12, 2024, in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

The judging panel, comprised of seasoned professionals from diverse backgrounds, is dedicated to ensuring a comprehensive evaluation of entries, highlighting excellence in reporting across various categories.

Heading the esteemed judging panel is Michael Wilson, a renowned Business & Finance Journalist and the Chair of the panel.  Michael’s extensive experience and unwavering commitment to journalistic excellence will guide the thorough evaluation of entries.

Joining Michael Wilson on the panel are: Nadia Mensah-Acogny, Journalist, Forbes Afrique; Kenneth Igbomor, Market News Editor (West Africa), CNBC Africa; Gareth Stokes, Founder, Stokes Media Group; Shiamdass Appannah, Lloyd’s General Representative in Mauritius; Chakib Abouzaid, GAIF Secretary-General; Samia Heeda, former Managing Director Willis Towers Watson Re (Egypt); Sr. Prof. Agnes Lucy Lando, Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Daystar University and Liz Booth, Managing Editor, AfricaAhead

Call for Entries:  The submission window is open but closing soon!  Submit your entries by the deadline on February 14, 2024; Judging:  The evaluation process will take place from February 22, 2024; Announcing Finalists:  The list of finalists will be revealed on March 25, 2024. and Awards Ceremony:

Don’t miss the grand finale – the awards ceremony is scheduled for April 12, 2024, in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Business reporters from across the African continent are encouraged to submit their entries showcasing excellence in insurance reporting.  Categories include Online, Print, and Broadcast, available in both English, French and Arabic,