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Tinubu suspends all public funded foreign trips

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President Bola Tinubu has suspended all public funded foreign trips, with effect from April 1, 2024.

The suspension was contained in a circular signed by the Femi Gbajabiamila, the Chief of Staff to the President and sighted by BusinessDay, on Wednesday.

The circular SH/ COS/ 63/1A/ 5746 and dated March 12, 2024, was addressed to Secretary to the Government of the Federation, for onward circulation to all the MDAs

The President said the move is part of the administration’s cost saving measures, which are also intended to make all heads of MDAs, “ focus on effective service delivery, especially with regards to the mandates assigned to them.

The directives came on the heels of the public uproar generated by recent training program organised by the Accountant General of the Federation, for commissioners of finance of the 36 states and other government officials, in the United Kingdom UK.

The decision to hold the workshop on Public Financial Management and International Public Sector Accounting Standards in London, UK, had elicited condemnations from Nigerians who questioned the rationale for chosing the UK for such event, at a time the government is tackling rising cost of governance and poor revenue generation.

The circular titled : “Presidential Directive to Suspend Public Funded Foreign Trips by Government Officials”, stated that that President Bola Tinubu, “has concerns about the rising cost of travel borne by Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the government as well as the growing needs for Cabinet members and heads of MDAs to focus in their respective mandates for effective service delivery.

“Considering the current economic challenges and the need for responsible fiscal management, I am writing to communicate Mr. President’s directive to place a temporary ban on all public funded international trips for all federal government officials from 1st April, 2024.

“This temporary measure is aimed at cost reduction in governance and intended as a cost saving measure without compromising governance functions

The circular directed all government officials who intend to go on any public funded international trip, to seek and obtain Presidential approval at least two (2)weeks prior to embarking on any such trip, which must be deemed absolutely necessary

“Considering the above, the office of the Secretary to the government of the federation is kindly required to circulate this directive to all the Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government,” the circular noted.