By Chuks Oyema-Aziken
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate suspension of international travels by all Cabinet Members and Heads of Government Agencies to facilitate quick passage of the 2020 budget.
A press statement from Office of Secretary to the Government of the Federation, signed by the Director, Information, Willie Bassey said the suspension is to enable Honourable Ministers personally lead the process of Budget defence at the National Assembly.
The statement said: “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.
“Honourable Ministers who have 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 (MDAs) have been directed to liaise with the relevant committees of the National Assembly for their Schedules of Budget defence.