President John Dramani Mahama has instructed all his ministers and appointees stop traveling all official foreign travels/assignments on ‘first class’ tickets.
According to a communiqué issued in Accra by the Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah on November 16, 2015 these luxurious trips cost the state a lot of money. “It is needless to emphasise the serious impact the current frequent travels abroad by Ministers and public officials are having on government finances,” he said.
The letter further directed all ministers and government assigns to cut down on foreign travels in a bid to curtail government spending.
Also the chief of staff noted if it becomes necessary for ministers to travel abroad on an official assignment, they should do so with business class instead of first class flights.
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“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.
It is, however unknown how much it cost government annually on travels alone; there have been public concerns of the frequent foreign travels by the president and his appointees.