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Buhari Restricts Ministers’ Foreign Travels, Entourage Size

President Muhammadu Buhari has restricted all ministers to two foreign travels in a quarter and the size of the ministers’ delegation shrunk to four persons.

This was disclosed by Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, during a press briefing on Monday in Lagos to present the achievements of the Buhari administration in 2019.

Mohammed also revealed that President Buhari has ordered all ministers to, henceforth, not fly first class while on official duties.

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The Minister also revealed that estacode will no longer be calculated on an hourly basis.

Mohammed said: “On the nature and frequency of travels, all public-funded travels (local and foreign), must be strictly for official purposes backed with documentary evidence. In this regard, all foreign travels must be for highly-essential statutory engagements that are beneficial to the interest of the country.

“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 foreign travels in a quarter.

“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.

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“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.

“Also, 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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