Foreign trips for officials using government funds banned by FG

February 5, 2015 5:33 pm

The Federal government has banned all public officials from embarking on
international travels and foreign training using government funds. The
ban was contained in a circular released today February 5th by the
office of the head of the , Dr Danladi
Kifasi.

The circular, titled ‘Restrictions on Foreign Trainings and
International Travels by Public Servants, stated that the move is part
of the Federal governments measure to manage its funds in the face of
the current slide in oil price in the international market.

“Government has embarked on a number of measures to help manage the
situation. One of such measures is an embargo on foreign trainings and
international travels by public servants in all ministries, departments
and agencies, including all parastatals, beginning from January 2015.”
the statement said

The statement went further to add that “proposals for participation or
attendance of international conferences, seminars, workshops, study
tours, trainings, presentations of papers, negotiating/signing of
memoranda of understating (MOU) abroad at government expense, shall no
longer be allowed except those that are fully funded by sponsoring
/invitation organisations. Public servants invited for foreign
trainings/study tour, conferences by any organisation, government or
other bilateral/multilateral organisation will be allowed to travel
provided that no travel cost, estacode application or any other cost on
government is involved. Local training will continue and, where
necessary, foreign experts may be invited to conduct trainings for which
there are no local experts and requests for international travels is
essential and strategic cases must be strictly justified with evidence
of sources of funding.”.

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