The federal government has banned all its directors-general, managing directors and executive secretaries from flying class on all local and international flights.
This was contained in a circular, dated November 2, 2016 and acquired by TheCable.
The circular noted that the ban follows the challenges faced by the government arising from the low oil revenue, adding that it was with a view to further prune recurrent expenses on travels and tours.
The circular read, “In view of the ensuing budgetary and fiscal challenges faced by the federal government arising from low oil revenue, it has become necessary to review the Guidelines for Local and International Travels as provided for in Circular Ref. No. SGF. 6/S.2/X/545 of 31st March, 2016 with a view to further prune recurrent expenses on travels and tours.
“Accordingly, government has decided that all civil and public servants in the rank of Directors and below in federal ministries, departments and agencies as well as Chief Executive Officers (Managing Directors, Executive Secretaries, Directors-General, 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 economy class.”
Recall that a previous directive issued in April 2016 banned ministers and other federal government officials from flying first class.