After CBN, FAAN, Another FG Agency Relocates Staff to Lagos, Management Gives Reasons

After CBN, FAAN, Another FG Agency Relocates Staff to Lagos, Management Gives Reasons

  • The Nigerian Upstream Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) is currently planning to relocate some of its staff to Lagos
  • This decision comes after the recent relocation of CBN staff and FAAN headquarters from Abuja to Lagos
  • The previous relocations of the CBN staff and FAAN headquarters sparked uproar among northern leaders and groups journalist Dave Ibemere has over a decade of experience covering Tech, Energy, Stocks, Investments, and the Economy.

The Nigerian Upstream Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) has reportedly concluded plans to relocate some departments to Lagos from Abuja.

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FG plans to move more civil servants to Lagos from Abuja Photo credit: Benson Ibeabuchi
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The development will involve over 200 staff members of the commission moving from Abuja to Lagos.

The NUPRC, formerly the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), is a department under the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources (FMPR).

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Its office is located in the Central Business District of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja with the new headquarters.

Why NUPRC is moving staff to Lagos

In a memo signed by Kelechi Onyekachi Otoegbu, its executive commissioner on corporate services and administration, the NURPC provided an explanation for the decision to move.

The memo reads:

"The above subject matter refers, please.
"In line with our objectives of improving organizational efficiency, driving Industry growth, and managing office accommodation in Abuja, we are exploring the possibility of relocating certain units to Lagos. This initiative is driven by the need to enhance our service delivery, reduce operational costs, and make adequate utilization of our assets in Lagos.
"Consequently, we are requesting that each Department identify and provide a list of units that can operate independently with minimal supervision.

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"Submissions on the above are expected on or before the close of business on Friday 23rd February 2024,
This is submitted for your further necessary action, please."

Moghalu addresses CBN's relocation plan earlier reported that Kingsley Moghalu expressed his support for the Central Bank of Nigeria's (CBN) plans to relocate key departments from Abuja to its Lagos office.

This decision has stirred reactions from some Nigerians and some workers at the CBN, who reportedly expressed "disquiet" about the move.

On Friday, January 12th, the CBN issued a circular detailing its intention to alleviate congestion at its Abuja headquarters, citing overcrowding and health and safety concerns.


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Dave Ibemere (Senior Business Editor) Dave Ibemere is a senior business editor at He is a financial journalist with over a decade of experience in print and online media. He also holds a Master's degree from the University of Lagos. He is a member of the African Academy for Open-Source Investigation (AAOSI), the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and other media think tank groups. He previously worked with The Guardian, BusinessDay, and headed the business desk at Ripples Nigeria. Email:

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