Nigeria’s President Tightens Purse Strings, Slashes Travel Entourage by 60%


Nigerian President Bola Tinubu has cracked down on lavish travel arrangements, announcing a drastic reduction in the size of official entourages for himself, the Vice President, and other government officials

This move, aimed at curbing government spending, comes after criticism over the large delegation that accompanied the President to the COP28 Climate Change Summit in Dubai last month.

The new policy, outlined by presidential spokesman Ajuri Ngelale, applies to the offices of the President, Vice President, First Lady, and Wife of the Vice President, as well as all ministries, departments, and agencies.

Key changes:

  • International trips:
    • President’s entourage reduced from “a huge security delegation” to 20 individuals.
    • First Lady’s entourage reduced to 5 individuals.
    • Vice President and wife’s entourages both reduced to 5 individuals.
  • Domestic trips:
    • President’s entourage reduced to 25 individuals.
    • First Lady and Wife of the Vice President’s entourages both reduced to 10 individuals.
    • Vice President’s entourage reduced to 15 individuals.
  • Ministers and agency heads:
    • Foreign trips limited to 4 and 2 staff members respectively.

Potential impact:

The new restrictions could lead to significant savings in travel expenses, including allowances and logistics costs. Additionally, smaller entourages may improve efficiency and flexibility during travel.

However, some may argue that the limitations could hinder the ability of officials to effectively carry out their duties, particularly on international trips.

Overall, this decision by President Tinubu reflects a growing emphasis on fiscal responsibility and streamlining government operations in Nigeria. The success of these measures will depend on their implementation and the ability to maintain a balance between cost-cutting and effective governance.

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