President Buhari has barred all ministers and heads of federal agencies from traveling abroad until they defend the 2020 budget which is before the National Assembly.
Mr Willie Bassey, Director Information, Office of Secretary to the Government of the Federation, issued a statement declaring the order to be with immediate effect.
“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 added that ministers who 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.”