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Nigeria: Unique – Tinubu Bans Overseas Journeys By Ministers, Different Appointees

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In January, President Tinubu issued a directive on slicing down the dimensions of delegations for native and international journeys.

President Bola Tinubu has ordered a ban on all international journeys by ministers and different authorities officers, PREMIUM TIMES can completely report.

Mr Tinubu gave the directive by way of a letter by his Chief of Employees, Femi Gbajabiamila, addressed to the Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation, George Akume.

Within the letter, dated 12 March 2024, Mr Tinubu directed an embargo on all international journeys. Nevertheless, in line with the letter, exemption might be given to “journeys deemed completely essential”.

PREMIUM TIMES obtained a replica of the letter and its authenticity was confirmed by some ministers.

A minister, who most popular to not be named as a result of he has no permission to talk on the matter, instructed this medium that he obtained a replica of the letter from the presidency.

Within the letter, President Tinubu expressed considerations over the rising value of international journeys embarked upon by authorities officers amid Nigeria’s dire financial scenario.

In keeping with the letter, the ban will final 90 days within the first occasion and can come into impact on 1 April, 2024.

“Mr. President has considerations concerning the rising value of journey bills borne by Ministries, Division and Businesses of Authorities in addition to the rising want for Cupboard Members and heads of MDAs to concentrate on their respective mandates for efficient service supply,” the letter reads.

The letter said additional that “Contemplating the present financial challenges and the necessity for accountable fiscal administration, I’m writing to speak Mr Presideni’s directive to put a short lived ban on all public funded worldwide journeys for all Federal Authorities officers in any respect ranges, for an preliminary interval of three (3) months from Is April 2024.

“This momentary measure is aimed toward value discount in governance and meant as a cost-saving measure with out compromising authorities capabilities.”

Mr Tinubu stated exemptions would wish presidential approvals which should be sought two weeks forward of the deliberate journey.

“All authorities officers who intend to go on any public funded worldwide journeys should search and procure Presidential approval at the very least two (2) weeks previous to embarking on any such journey, which should be deemed completely essential,” the letter reads.

Former President Muhammadu Buhari additionally issued a journey ban to officers in 2019. Nevertheless, that ban was to permit authorities officers seem earlier than the Nationwide Meeting for price range defence.

Mr Tinubu’s half-hearted dedication to slicing value of governance

Mr Tinubu, since his inauguration in Might, has launched into some painful reforms like gasoline subsidy elimination and unification of the alternate fee regime.

A number of the reforms have produced inflationary pressures. Nevertheless, many see the present authorities as not slicing down its recurrent expenditure.

Many Nigerians take into account Mr Tinubu as not dedicated to slicing down the price of governance. Usually, the president embarks on international journeys with giant delegations.

Mr Tinubu confronted backlash throughout and after the final twenty-eighth Convention of Events (COP28) within the United Arab Emirates (UAE). About 590 Nigerian officers attended the convention.

In response to public criticisms, the federal government stated it solely funded 422 individuals of the 590-person delegation that included the president’s son, Seyi Tinubu, and different people believed to haven’t any important roles on the local weather convention.

The 422 folks funded by the federal authorities beneath Mr Tinubu are, nonetheless, greater than triple the overall variety of official authorities delegations to COP27 final yr (120) and COP26 in 2021 (87).

Additionally, he has been criticized for travelling along with his grown-up youngsters to official state capabilities. The president visited Qatar on a state go to lately and went to the Gulf state nation with two of his youngsters.

Apart from the president, a few of the ministers have additionally been junketing all over the world on the pretence of searching for international traders and investments.

Current directive on journeys

In January, President Tinubu issued a directive on slicing down the dimensions of delegations for native and international journeys.

Mr Tinubu directed that people on his delegations must be pegged at 25 for native travels and 20 for worldwide engagements. He additionally ordered that safety brokers based mostly at his locations must be frequently deployed for his safety at any time when he travels to states as an alternative of being accompanied by many safety particulars from Abuja, the nation’s capital.