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Buhari FG bans government officials from flying first class

This was disclosed by the Media Adviser to the Minister of Finance, Festus Akanbi via a statement released on Thursday, April 6, 2016.

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The Federal Government has banned its officials from flying first class when embarking on official trips.

This was disclosed by the Media Adviser to the Minister of Finance, Festus Akanbi via a statement released on Thursday, April 6, 2016.

The statement reads in part:

“The Efficiency Unit, in its negotiation for discounts with local and international airlines, also recommended other measures for reducing the government’s large expenditure on travels to the OSGF.

“This includes the need to restrict business class travel to ministers, permanent secretaries, chairmen of Federal Government committees, as well as chairmen and chief executive officers of parastatals and agencies.

“In the past, some government officials, who should have been on business class, usually travelled first class, while many others travelled business class instead of economy.

“The second recommendation bordered on the need to reduce the frequency of travels by ensuring that board and committee events such as meetings, workshops and conferences in Nigeria are held in locations where the institutions or persons participating in the event are domiciled.

“Furthermore, such events should, for the most part, be held in Nigeria; but where this is not possible, the prior approval of the Secretary to the Federal Government should be secured.

“In line with the present administration’s commitment to the reform of public expenditure, the OSGF accepted the recommendations in full and has accordingly issued a circular recently to effect the changes.

“The buy-in and prompt reaction of the OSGF is an attestation to the common resolve by government to its change mantra and the spirit of collaboration among government institutions and officials.”

Akanbi further explained that travel expenses would drop by about 20 per cent if the provisions of the new circular were fully implemented.

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