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Buhari Slashes Public Officers ‘Estacode’ Allowances

The Buhari administration has rolled out a new travelling policy for public servants travelling abroad, the high point of which is the restriction of the payment of travelling allowance otherwise known as estacode for the exact days such officers spent at the event.

Consequently, travel days would no longer attract estacode.

Also, the new policy stipulates the categories of government officials and the class of air tickets they are entitled to while on such official assignments.

A statement from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, signed by Willie Bassey read in part; “travel days will no longer attract payment of Estacode Allowances as duration of official trips shall be limited to only the number of days of the event, as contained in the supporting documents to qualify for public funding”

Also, cabinet ministers, directors-general and other top government officials were directed to tender their yearly travel itinerary for required meetings and engagements to the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) or that of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.

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Furthermore, Minister’s delegation was reduced to a maximum of four key persons per trip, while other delegations below the ministerial level would not exceed three key persons.

The memo also specified the air tickets various categories of government officials are entitled to travel with. Cabinet members , permanent secretaries ,special advisers, senior special assistants to the President, chairmen of extra-ministerial departments and chief executive officers of corporations are entitled to business class ticket, while the other public officers fly economy class.


It will be recalled that President Buhari approved this new directive less than one week he barred his ministers from foreign travels until the budget defence at the National Assembly is concluded.


The ruling party -the All Progressives Congress (APC) has lauded President Buhari for the new directive approved for the immediate implementation of measures to reduce the cost of his administration.

According to the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, he said it was in fulfilment of the president’s election campaign promise to cut the cost of governance ,end impunity and to abide by the rule of law in all government establishments.

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“Clearly, the era of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) government when ministers and other senior government appointees splashed our commonwealth on private jet trips, first-class tickets and limousines to ferry families and cronies around are over”, the APC spokesman noted.

Isa-Onilu said that savings from this new government policy would be channeled to the development of infrastructure.