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Buhari Cut Ministers’ Foreign Trips, Estacodes

The Minister of information, culture and tourism Lai Mohammed reveal that ministers can only travel out of the country eight times a year. 
Buhari Cut Ministers’ Foreign Trips, And Estacodes

According to him, the president has directed that no minister should go on foreign trips more than twice in a quarter.

The Minister added that no minister on a trip outside the shores of the country should go with more than four aides, who should be relevant to the trip.

He maintain that, Govt officials below the rank of ministers are henceforth entitled to fewer aides. Besides, estacode would no longer be calculated on hourly basis.

However the president has approved the use of business class for ministers and economy class for lower categories of government officials.

Approval for such trips must be sought through the office of the SGF or Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.

In a statement signed by the Director of Information at the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Willie Bassey, said;

In a bid to curb leakages and ensure efficiency in the management of resources of government, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved for immediate implementation, additional cost saving measures aimed at instilling financial discipline and prudence, particularly, in the area of official travels.

Henceforth, all Ministries, Departments and Agencies are required to submit their yearly travel plans for statutory meetings and engagements to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and/or the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation for express clearance within the first quarter of the fiscal year, before implementation.

Also, when a minister is at the head of an official delegation, the size of such delegation shall not exceed four, including the relevant director, schedule officer and one aide of the minister.

Every other delegation below ministerial level shall be restricted to a maximum of three.

For class of air travels, the President has approved that ministers, permanent secretaries, special advisers, senior special assistants to the President, chairmen of extra-ministerial departments and chief executive officers of parastatals who are entitled, to continue to fly business class while other categories of public officers are to travel on economy class.

Travel days will no longer attract payment of estacode allowances as duration of official trips shall be limited to only the number of days of the event as contained in the supporting documents to qualify for public funding.

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