OBIORA IFOH, Abuja
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said the era when ministers and other senior government appointees in the administration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) splashed money on private jet trips, first class tickets and limousines to ferry family and cronies around are over.
APC said the public resources are now being rightly deployed to address national infrastructure needs, social investments and other initiatives that directly benefits the people.
The party, while commending President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the immediate implementation of sweeping cost-saving measures aimed at instilling financial discipline and prudence, particularly on government trips, also insists that its administration remains resolute in fulfilling its promises to the people of Nigeria.
In a statement by National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the party welcomes the presidential directive to ministers and other heads of government agencies to suspend foreign travels and defend their budgets before the National Assembly.
“This will not only foster legislative-executive relations but also ensure that budget passage is speedy and returned to the January-December cycle.
“This is another fulfilment of the president’s election promise to cut the costs of governance, curb leakages, end impunity and ensure adherence to the rule of law by all departments of government.
“To list a few of the approved measures to instill financial discipline and prudence on government trips, all public funded trips must be strictly for official purposes and must be backed with documented evidence.
“The classes of tickets approved for government officials on official trips have been clearly spelt out. In effect, Ministers, Permanent Secretaries, Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants to the President, Chairmen of Extra-Ministerial Departments and Chief Executive Officers of Parastatals are allowed to fly Business Class. Other categories of Public Officers are to travel on Economy Class.
“Government will no longer fund extended stays. Duration of official trips is 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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