President Muhammadu Buhari has restricted ministers’ foreign travels to “essential ones”.
Such travels must be “duty-related”, he told the cabinet members at their retreat, which ended at the weekend.Buhari directed the ministers to adhere to the rule of law in their decisions and actions.He cautioned against flamboyance in their conduct or spending.
According to a document obtained by the Nation, the President listed about 11 key things the ministers must abide with to fit into his cabinet.
Some of the dos and don’t are:
Foreign travels must be duty-related; ministers must operate within lean resources;
no more flamboyance;
-strict adherence to the rule of law;
-compliance to Civil Service Rules;
-living above board;
-cooperation with Permanent Secretaries;
-no more rancour between ministers and ministers of State;
-appointment of some aides should be from the civil service;
-drastic reduction of vehicles in convoys; and all decisions must lead to change.
A Presidency source said:
“The ministers have been told to limit their foreign trips to only those that are duty-related, they must relate to their work. And all travels abroad must be approved by the President. No more travelling just for the sake of it.
“As you have heard on Friday, they are expected to reduce the vehicles in their convoys to a reasonable level to save cost.
“The ministers are to do things differently in view of the lean resources at their disposal. Flamboyance and extravagance by cabinet members are gone.