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Ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and heads of federal government agencies have been barred by President Muhammadu Buhari from traveling abroad.

A statement by Willie Bassey, Director, Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the federation, said the order was with immediate effect.

“The suspension of such travels will enable functionaries and agencies of the Executive Arm to provide the required cooperation with the Legislature in order to ensure timely passage of the Appropriation Bill,” the statement said.

It, however, said that ministers who had already secured approval to travel “are by this directive, required to revalidate such approvals with Mr President after confirming the schedule of appearances with the relevant committees of the National Assembly.

“Furthermore, all Ministries, Departments and Agencies have been directed to liaise with the relevant committees of the National Assembly for their schedules of budget defence.”

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