Budget defence: President Buhari bars ministers, head of agencies from foreign trips

Budget defence: President Buhari bars ministers, head of agencies from foreign trips

- President Muhammadu BUhari barred all ministers and heads of agencies from travelling abroad

- This is in readiness for the planned budget defence at the National Assembly

- Ministers who have earlier secured clearance to travel are asked to revalidate them from the president

President Muhammadu Buhari barred all ministers and heads of federal agencies from travelling abroad pending their defence of the 2020 budget before the National Assembly.

A statement issued in Abuja by Willie Bassey, director information, office of secretary to the government of the federation, said the order was with immediate effect on Friday, October 11.

“The suspension of such travels will enable functionaries and agencies of the Executive Arm to provide the required cooperation with the Legislature in order to ensure timely passage of the Appropriation Bill,” the statement said.

It however said that ministers who had already secured approval to travel “are by this directive, required to revalidate such approvals with Mr President after confirming the schedule of appearances with the relevant committees of the National Assembly.

“Furthermore, all ministries, departments and agencies have been directed to liaise with the relevant committees of the National Assembly for their schedules of budget defence.”

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Meanwhile, the N125 billion proposed by President Buhari as the National Assembly’s budget for the 2020 fiscal year was justified by the Senate.

The Senate’s spokesman, Adedayo Adeyeye, on Thursday, October 10, stated that the National Assembly has a lot of staff to take care of.

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