Buhari Imposes Travel Restrictions on Ministers, Agency Heads, and Others

President Muhammadu Buhari placed travel restrictions on ministers, presidential assistants, agency heads and other senior government officials.

Announcing the restrictions at a press conference, Nigeria’s information and culture minister Lai Mohammed said all traveling by the government officials must be beneficial to the interest of the country, according to the president.

Buhari Imposes Travel Restrictions on Ministers, Agency Heads, and Others

Mohammed said the travel restriction was part of Buhari’s cost-saving measures, particularly in the area of official travels under the new Yearly Travel Plans policy.

“Except with the express approval of Mr. President, Ministers, Permanent Secretaries, Chairmen of Extra-Ministerial Departments, Chief Executive Officers and Directors are restricted to not more than two (2) foreign travels in a quarter,” Mohammed said.

“Also, when a Minister is at the head of an official delegation, the size of such delegation shall not exceed four (4) including the relevant Director, Schedule Officer and one (1) Aide of the Minister.”

Mohammed said the president directed that every other delegation below ministerial level shall be restricted to a maximum of three persons.

He explained that Buhari 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 are to fly business class, while other categories of public officers are to travel on economy class when traveling.

Also, Mohammed said travel days will no longer attract payment of estacode allowances as the 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.

He noted that all Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) 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 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.

READ ALSO: Chinese Scientist Who Genetically Edited Babies Sent to Prison

The minister said the government officials are required to make their presentation using the existing template and also secure approvals on specific travels as contained in the plan.

“On the Nature and Frequency of travels, all public-funded travels (local and foreign), must be strictly for official purposes backed with documentary evidence,” Mohammed said.

Do you want to be updated as soon as latest news are published?  If yes, then do not fail to Like Our Facebook Page and also Follow Us on Twitter. Thanks for caring and please do well to share this post using the share buttons below.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Next Post

Ukrainian Rivals Exchange 200 Prisoners in a Controversial Swap

Mon Dec 30 , 2019
Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists in the country’s war-torn east exchanged 200 prisoners on Sunday, swapping detained fighters for civilians and servicemen held captive in some cases for years in two breakaway regions. “It’s wonderful, I’m so happy,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told journalists after greeting former prisoners at Boryspil airport […]
Ukrainian Rivals Exchange 200 Prisoners in a Controversial Swap