FG to save N15bn from 50% air travels discount


The Federal Government is to save N15 billion annually after signing an with Dana Airlines to give 50 per cent discount on official air travel tickets, an official has said.

A statement from the Ministry of Finance signed by, Director Information, Salisu Na’inna Dambatta, said the discount for air travel ticket for civil servants on official trips was championed by the Efficiency Unit of the Federal Ministry of Finance as part of its cost management initiatives.

The Federal Government, through the Efficiency Unit, has implemented several cost cutting policies which have reduced wastage and leakages in public sector expenditure.

The Federal Government was represented at the signing of the Agreement by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, Alhaji Mahmoud Isa-Dutse and the Head of the Efficiency Unit, Patience Oniha. Dana Airline was represented by Head of Ground Operations, Ememobong Ettete and  Joy Nwogu.

In his remarks at the occasion, the Permanent Secretary said the Federal Government was doing everything within its power to reduce operational costs while maximizing gains. He commended Dana Airlines for being the first airline operating in the country to partner with the Federal Government on air ticket cost reduction for government workers on official trips.

In his response, Ememobong Ettete said Dana Airline was committed to the agreement and commended the Federal Government for the initiative.