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The Federal Government has approved new travelling guidelines for civil servants in the country, it emerged yesterday. When it becomes operational in May ,it is expected to reduce travelling expenses across Ministries, Department and Agencies( MDAs) of government by 20 per cent, translating to savings in excess of N13.88 billion.

A new circular is expected to be issued by the Office of Secretary to the Government of Federation( OSGF), to all MDAs, a statement issued yesterday by Special Adviser(Media) to the Minister of Finance, Festus Akanbi, said. ”

A 20 per cent reduction in Air Travel Expenditure, using the figure of N69.417 billion incurred on Travels in 2014 will result in a costcutting of a cost-cutting of N13.88 billion”, the statement added. The policy, a brain child of Efficiency Unit of Federal Ministry of Finance is being executed with collaboration from the OSGF and Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF), to review the provisions of some extant government circulars on overhead expenses and cut on travels cost is one of it.

The Efficiency Unit is the initiative of the current Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun and was set up to engender transparency and reduce government’s large expenditure through procurement in the various ministries, departments and agencies of the Federal Government.

Source: New Telegraph Newspaper

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