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President Buhari Stops Ministers, Others From Travelling Abroad

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– President Buhari stops ministers and head of Government agencies from travelling abroad

– 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

– All Ministries, Departments and Agencies have been directed to liaise with the relevant committees of the National Assembly for their schedules of budget defence

President Muhammadu Buhari has barred all ministers and heads of federal agencies from travelling abroad following the warning issued by the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan on the defence of the 2020 budget before the National Assembly.

The Director Information, Office of Secretary to the Government of the Federation,Willie Bassey,in a statement, said the order was with immediate effect.

The Statement reads: “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.”

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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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