President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday barred all ministers and heads of federal agencies from travelling abroad.
Eye9ja understands that the Nigerian President placed the ban against the Nigerian officials travelling abroad pending their defence of the 2020 budget before the National Assembly.
This was made known in a statement issued in Abuja, the Nigeria’s capital by the Director Information, Office of Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Willie Bassey.
Eye9ja reports that the order takes effect immediately.
“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.
The statement, 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.”