President Muhammadu Buhari has issued an order barring all ministers and heads of government agencies from traveling abroad.
The President made this known in a statement released on Friday. He said that the ministers and heads of government agencies are required to lead the process of budget defense at the National assembly in order to ensure timely passage of the Appropriation Bill.
The 2020 Appropriation Bill, ‘Budget of Sustaining Growth and Job Creation’ was presented by President Muhammadu Buhari on 8th October. Among other things, the 2020 budget proposes an increase in the VAT rate from 5 percent to 7.5 percent.
Shortly after the presentation of the budget, the Senate gave October 31 as the deadline for all government agencies to defend their budget estimates. That, he said, is to enable the passage of the document in December.