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President Tinubu Places Temporary Ban on Public Funded Foreign Trips for Government Officials

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President Tinubu has issued a directive placing a temporary ban on ministers, heads of agencies, and other government officials from embarking on publicly funded foreign trips, effective April 1st, 2024.

The move, aimed at curbing rising travel expenses and ensuring focused service delivery, requires officials to obtain presidential approval at least two weeks before any such trip deemed necessary.

In a presidential directive dated 12th March, signed by Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila, the ban is slated to last for three months.
President Tinubu underscored concerns about escalating travel costs borne by Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs), emphasizing the need for responsible fiscal management amid current economic challenges.

The directive mandates government officials seeking publicly funded international trips to obtain presidential approval in advance, emphasizing the necessity of such travels.

President Tinubu, aiming for cost reduction in governance without compromising functions, outlined the directive as a temporary measure to ensure effective service delivery.

The Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation has been tasked with circulating the directive to all MDAs, underscoring the administration’s commitment to fiscal prudence and streamlined governance.

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