Exclusive: FG Directs DGs, MDs, Others To Travel By Economy Class

Exclusive: FG Directs DGs, MDs, Others To Travel By Economy Class
November 25 08:12 2016 Print This Article

The Nigerian Government has directed that henceforth all director generals; executive secretaries; managing directors as well as heads of all government agencies in the country travel on economic class tickets both on the local and international routes.

This new directive superseded an earlier one in July 2016 where these  categories of officers were permitted to fly business class on local and international routes.

The new directive according to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr. Babachair Lawal, followed the dwindling financial fortunes of the Federal Government  “arising from low oil revenue” stressing that it has become necessary to review the guidelines for local and international travels “with a view to further prune recurrent expenses on travels and tour”.

The memo by  Lawal to all the affected officials and obtained by our correspondent, the government warned that any official who disobeyed the directive will be severely punished.

In the memo dated November 2, 2016, Lawal wrote “Government has decided that all civil servants and public servants in the rank of directors and below in the federal ministries, departments and agencies as well as chief executive officers (managing directors, executive secretaries, director generals, etc) of Federal Government parastatals, agencies and institutions are henceforth to travel on economy class for both local and international travels. Similarly, all non-executive chairmen and members of federal government boards of parastatals are henceforth to travel by economy class”.

The SGF stated further in the memo that the directive was with immediate effect warning of dire consequences for any public servant that flouts the rule.

“I am to request for immediate compliance with the foregoing decision of the government until otherwise reviewed. For the avoidance of doubt, it should be noted that government will monitor the implementation of thus directive and any breach will be appropriately sanctioned,” he said.


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