Relocation of FAAN, CBN: Arewa Youths throws weight behind Ndume
….. tasks Northern Legislator to set deadline for FG
By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna
The Joint-Action Committee of Northern Youth Associations, have commended Senator Ali Ndume for challenging the Federal Government position on the relocation of Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and some departments in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to Lagos.
The group in a statement on Thursday, jointly signed by Murtala Abubakar the Convener, Hashim Tom Maiyashi, Director, Public Communication & Strategy and Ms. Latifa Abdussalam, Director, Gender Mobilization, called on all National Assembly members from the North to set a definite deadline for the Executive to rescind the
They advised the legislator not to use the judiciary option in tackling the matter because of it urgency, saying “Reports in the media indicate that the group of Senators elected by the people of the North – and whom they represent in the Red Chambers, muted the idea of taking the Federal Government to Court on the matter.
“While we respect the independence of the judiciary, we must emphasize that resorting to legal proceedings could be interpreted as a sign of procrastination. Our legislators hold a constitutional mandate to ensure that the Executive aligns its policies and programs with the constitutional principles that have been violated by the actions of the CBN and FAAN. The urgency of the matter requires expeditious legislative action to correct these deviations from our constitutional ideals.”
According to the statement, “While acknowledging the proactive stance taken by these legislators, the Northern Youth Organizations would like to go a step further by calling on our representatives in the National Assembly to exercise their full legislative oversight functions.
“In the spirit of constitutional governance, the Northern Youth Organizations call on our representatives in the National Assembly to exercise their full legislative oversight functions. We
urge them to set a definite deadline for the Executive to rescind the
decisions related to the relocation of CBN departments and FAAN
headquarters as well as to take proactive corrective measures.
“Given the magnitude of the decisions by the CBN and FAAN that clearly demonstrate unsuitability of their chief-executives to preside over
federal institutions, we urge our representatives to demand the immediate removal of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Minister of Aviation from their positions.
“This is not a punitive measure but an urgent step to restore public trust, ensure accountability, and uphold the constitutional integrity of key institutions that significantly influence our nation’s economic and administrative landscape. Executive decisions that impact on economic and administrative landscape of our nation must be made with competence, transparency, and adherence to
They further stated that “We believe by taking these measures you will not only be meeting up with the legitimate interests of your constituents but will also demonstrate your ardent commitment to constitutional governance, national unity, and inclusive development.
“We anticipate that our representatives in the National Assembly will navigate these critical matters with wisdom,
guided by the spirit of constitutional governance and a profound understanding of the constitutional principles that define our great nation.”
They added that “The Northern Youth Associations believe that the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as the supreme law of the land, places utmost importance on the unity of our diverse nation. Any decision that could potentially undermine this unity, such as the relocation of key institutions, must be subjected to rigorous scrutiny to ensure alignment with constitutional principles.
“The constitutional designation of Abuja as the Federal Capital Territory and the seat of government is not a mere administrative classification. It is a constitutional mandate that reflects our commitment to balanced development and equitable representation.
Altering this designation requires careful constitutional consideration.
“Empowered by the Nigerian Constitution, the National Assembly has the authority of legislative oversight—a sacred duty to scrutinize and ensure the faithful execution of constitutional mandates. The legislators’ intervention in questioning the decisions at hand reflects a constitutional responsibility to protect the interests of the Nigerian people.”