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Nigerians applaud president Tinubu’s 60% slash in entourage size for cost-cutting measures

Public support follows the President's move to trim excessive travel spending and enforce fiscal prudence in government officials

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Nigerians expressed approval on Tuesday as President Bola Tinubu announced a significant reduction of his entourage size for domestic and international travels by 60%, signaling a decisive step towards cutting down on excessive travel expenses.

The austerity measures extend to all federal ministries, departments, and agencies, as well as the Offices of the President, the Vice President, and the wives of both leaders.

President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, revealed the details at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja, stating that the President’s directive applies to both domestic and international trips.

President Tinubu has imposed a limit of 20 individuals on international trips, reducing it further to five for the First Lady. Vice President’s international entourage is also capped at five, along with the same limit for the Vice President’s wife.

This announcement comes in response to recent criticism of the Tinubu administration for sponsoring an extensive delegation of at least 1,114 delegates to the United Nations’ annual climate summit, COP28, in Dubai, with reports suggesting an expenditure of N2.78bn on airfares and estacodes.

Public reaction to the President’s decision has been largely positive, with many lauding the move as a step towards fiscal responsibility.

On social media platform X, @odonoh commended President Tinubu as a “leader by example” and suggested that governors should emulate such measures to reduce recurrent expenditure.

@VivaDido, while acknowledging the commendable move, raised questions about where the saved money would be allocated in the budget.

@PatoEner applauded the decision and emphasized the need to avoid a repeat of past financial irregularities, referring to the COP28 spending.

Other users expressed support, praising the president for taking the initiative to implement cost-cutting measures and promote transparency in government spending.

Despite the positive reception, critics pointed out the challenge of implementation and called for accountability measures to ensure adherence to the president’s directive.

In his ongoing efforts to reform government spending, President Tinubu aims to bring prudence and fiscal responsibility to the forefront, signaling an end to what has been perceived as government wastage in Nigeria. The public now awaits the effective implementation of these measures to ensure a streamlined and cost-effective administration.

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