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President Bola Tinubu temporarily banned foreign travel. FILE.

Nigeria’s president suspends public-funded foreign travel for government officials

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Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu has ordered a temporary ban on foreign trips for federal government employees effective Monday, April 1.

In a circular to the secretary to the government of the federation, Tinubu said that the announcement was in line with the government’s cost reduction measures.

The memo said that the president’s decision was informed by “the current economic challenges and the need for responsible fiscal management”.

The travel ban will last for three months.

Officials whose trips are deemed “absolutely necessary” would have to get presidential approval two weeks before the departure date.

Tinubu’s announcement follows a January directive to reduce the size of delegations flying abroad by about 60%, including his entourage.

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