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Buhari Bans Top Government Officials from Flying First Class on Official Trips




Nigeria’a Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, through her media adviser Femi Adekanbi, has revealed that the President has banned ministers and other top government officials from flying first class while they travel for official business.

According to The Nation, a statement released on Wednesday said that Ministers, Permanent secretaries, Chairmen of Federal Government committees, Chairmen and Chief Executives of Parastatals and Agencies are in this class of government officials who are to travel only on business class.

Femi Akanbi said the decision was taken so as to reduce the amount of currently being spent on overhead expenditure. The recommendation was proffered by the Efficency unit set up by the Minister of Finance and would be a step towards reducing the country’s overhead expenses.

The unit was set up to introduce transparency and reduce the Government’s large expenditure through procurement in the various ministries, departments and agencies of the Federal Government.

Source: The Nation Online


  1. adelegirl

    April 7, 2016 at 8:51 am

    So they flew first class before? Not even business class?! If the govt is paying for it, they should only fly economy class! If they want to upgrade, they can make up the difference paying out of their own pockets! What utter nonsense!

    • Edu

      April 7, 2016 at 10:04 am

      yeah, Economy shd be the preferred choice. they need to do like us to feel our pain

  2. nene+

    April 7, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Good but what of himself and families?

    What of his numerous journeys and all his entourage who fly with him.

    Buhari you should cut down on your own #world-tour.#

    • Iseeubaby

      April 7, 2016 at 9:51 am

      nene+, Please indulge me, forget this particular post for a minute, look this up Ref:

      Search me comments with this moniker and you please help me to appeal to the man behind the moniker Elleis….I cant stand the hypocrisy anymore and it puts me off terribly.

      He should pick a struggle and remain there cos nene+ i know, warisdiz i know, Mrs Chudikane sef ma i know, hell yeah Ada Nnewi i know, but Elleiss… has refused to pick one lane and remain there or even be an open convert. He always tries so hard to sound smart and intelligent and spookily tries to come off as knowing the whole affairs of the world and tweek it everytime to suit his Master’s purpose; but in actual sense oyibo has a word for it…Cowardice!!!

    • jojo

      April 7, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      I have to agree with u on this Elleis…. guy/girl, quite an irritating commenter to say the least, Always using style to defend and propagate trash while hiding under the feigned guise of objectivity.

    • Debbie Ade

      April 7, 2016 at 4:22 pm

      Una go school????? Corporations cut cost all the time by laying off staff. They use the money they would have used to pay salaries for some other projects within the organization. Please tell me why government officials can’t fly business class or even economy in this dire economic times???? Someone is trying to clean up a rotten nation and you people keep pointing accusing fingers. Nigeria is where she is today because of the greed and avarice of our so called leaders using the national funds for their selfish needs spending huge sums of Federal money on mere furnishing!!! Do Nigerians know what leader they want exactly??? Doesn’t a journey of a thousand miles begin with some type of movement????????????

  3. Ephi

    April 7, 2016 at 9:14 am

    The country is grappling with fuel scarcity and power outage, you are talking about flying first class, are you kidding me?! Rme

  4. Ephi

    April 7, 2016 at 9:17 am

    *banning first class

  5. Jay

    April 7, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Nice move, however, if they still wish to fly first class, there is nothing wrong in upgrading their flight tickets from their pockets. God help us all

  6. jhennique

    April 7, 2016 at 9:31 am

    But does this man know how much goes into his own travels at all? This is just an utter mess

  7. White

    April 7, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Story for the gods….who buhari epp

  8. keke driver

    April 7, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Who you epp? mtcheeeew

  9. nnenne

    April 7, 2016 at 12:04 pm



  10. queen bee

    April 7, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    shey iyen lan ba e so ni? we are suffering you are banning govt officials from flying first class? has that reduced the price of dollar or provided fuel? This man is just confused, misplaced priorities

  11. kekendeh

    April 7, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Mr President if their travels are not as frequent as yours,please allow them to fly first class at least they are important state ambassadors to the countries they are visiting,please i beg

  12. Me

    April 7, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    With the way Nigerians are crying and suffering buhari is still traveling……no care to even address his nation in crises sebi when mama peace said he was brain dead the other time we no gree
    Una don see am now abi
    How grossly insensitive could a nations leader be?

  13. Cika

    April 7, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    clueless president,so thats our issue atm?? otondo!!

  14. G-brown

    April 7, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Broom symbols, hello,
    I am eating my oil coloured rice right now because I can’t even afford to buy tin tomatoes for my food and what am I hearing? our so called leaders are busy enjoying your first class flights. Please why not use keke for your official trips so at least we can be sure of your transparency mirage? Keep fooling us!

  15. swagg1

    April 7, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    With all due respect minister of Finance, public officials should be flying economy class, period. Obama had all the civil servant fly economy when America was in financial crises. Cut your coat according to your size.,

  16. NG

    April 7, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    And we were all here and this happened without a whimper. First class indeed! Just because you work with the government. Total madness. What is the competence level of government employees and their productivity compared to other sectors that fly business class?

  17. Naman

    April 8, 2016 at 3:45 am

    Good move and next should be a ban on foreign education….that one na lie cos Bubu your kids are beneficiaries right?

  18. Ethel

    April 8, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    What mechanism will be put in place to make sure it is enforced?

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