Tinubu slashes presidential entourage for foreign, local trips by 60% - LagosTrend

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Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Tinubu slashes presidential entourage for foreign, local trips by 60%



 In a bid to cut the cost of governance, President Bola Tinubu has directed that all the entourage to state and International events be drastically reduced by 60 per cent.

The President has also directed that on every local trip of the government, the security details will be drafted from the host state.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents in Abuja on Tuesday.

According to the new directive, the President will now travel with only 20 officials unlike before the number was over 50 people, the Vice President will now travel with five officials, the First Lady and the wife of the Vice President also five officials respectively.

For local trips, the number of the entourage of the President has been reduced to 25, the Vice President 15, the First Lady and the wife of the Vice 10.

The presidential spokesman said that the essence of the reduction was to bring total sanity and prudence in the management of resources.

He also said that henceforth, ministers delegation for foreign trips will be a maximum of four officials, while the heads of the Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs will travel with the maximum of two officials.

On local trips, the President directed that there will not be huge security entourage that would attract huge bills in form of duty travel allowance.

The presidential spokesman warned that any official that flouts the directive will be doing that at his or her own peril.

It was gathered that a circular to the new directive has been sent out to the various ministries, departments and agencies from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF.

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