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Mahama bans ‘non-essential’ Ministerial trips 

John Mahama

The Presidency has issued a directive restricting all Ministers and government officials from going on non-essential foreign trips.

A notice from the Office of the Chief of Staff Julius Debrah to that effect said: “You may refer to letter number OPGA 56 of 26th October 2015 addressed to all Ministers by the Secretary to the cabinet on the above-stated subject [foreign travels].”

“It is needless to emphasise the serious impact the current frequent travels abroad by Ministers and public officials are having on Government finances.

“To arrest the situation, all Ministers are reminded to restrict foreign travels in their sectors to mandatory international assignments only.

“All non-essential travels are to be stopped. All ministers are to take notice of the foregoing directive for strict compliance,” the directive said.

The Ministers have also been restricted to flying business class rather than first class.

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