President Bola Tinubu has initiated a significant cost-cutting measure by ordering a sixty percent reduction in the travel expenditure of all government officials, including those from the Presidency.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, made the announcement on Tuesday during a press briefing at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Ngelale detailed the specific adjustments in travel protocols, stating that the number of individuals accompanying the President on local trips has been reduced to 25, while foreign engagements will now involve only 20 persons.
He said: “President Tinubu has, by his most recent directive, approved a massive cost-cutting exercise that will touch across the entire federal government of Nigeria and the offices of the President himself, the Vice President and the First Lady. It will be conducted in the following fashion.”
As reported by The Nations, similar reductions apply to the entourage of the Vice President, First Lady, and the wife of the Vice President.
“One, the official trips that will be undertaken within the country that is when Mr. President or the Vice President travels to any state within the country, the massive bills that accrued due to allowances and estacodes for security detail coming from Abuja, going and travelling into those states, will be massively cut due to the directive of the President, that the security outfits within states, whether it be police, DSS, or branches of the military, will front-line his protective details when he travels to those states, a major cost-cutting initiative that will affect the Office of the Vice President as well as the Office of the First Lady.”
In a bid to streamline official trips, the directive limits the number of personnel accompanying a minister on a foreign trip to four, while heads of federal agencies are allowed only two companions.