Ghana Ministers Stripped Off First Class Travels

Government has directed that all government ministers who go on official foreign travels on first class tickets should stop with immediate effect.

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President John Dramani Mahama

All ministers have also been ordered to cut down on foreign travels in a bid to cut down government spending by using business class instead of first class flights when need arises.

President John Dramani Mahama
President John Dramani Mahama

A letter from the office of the president and signed by the Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah on November 16, 2015 said 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 Hon. Ministers are reminded to restrict foreign travels in their sectors to mandatory international assignments only. All non-essential travels are to be stopped. Hon. Ministers are also entreated to travel by Business Class and not first class, as stated in the letter,” the statement added.

Ghana’s government under the International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme, is being restricted in its spending to reduce the budget deficit to meet the 2016 target of 7.3% of GDP.

Minority in Parliament have described as wasteful the frequent foreign travels by the President, John Dramani Mahama himself.

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Similarly in Tanzania,  the President John Magufuli who has restricted all first and business class travel to government officials, except the president, vice president and prime minister.

Source: Newsghana.com.gh

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