GHANA: GOVT WILL ANNOUNCE DIRECTIVES FOR FOREIGN TRAVELS SOON – INFORMATION MINISTER

ACCRA– Information Minister, Dr Mustapha Hamid says the statement on the ban on foreign travels issued and was basically to reinforce, institutionalise and upgrade a verbal directive on minimal travel the President had issued to ministers when they assumed office.

According to the minister, the statement was also intended to extend the directive to all key actors of the government machinery.

He was speaking to Graphic following the temporal ban placed on foreign travels for Ministers, Deputy Ministers, MMDCEs and all heads of Government institution.

The ban which was issued and signed by Chief of Staff, Frema Opare said “Guidelines in respect of future foreign travels, aimed at minimising disruption to government’s domestic work, will be communicated to you shortly.”

However, Foreign Affairs Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey has been exempted from the ban.

“The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration is, however, exempted from this temporary ban on foreign travels.”

Meanwhile, the Deputy Chief of Staff Samuel Abu Jinapor has said that the ban of ministers’ travels is to help the government to standardise the modalities by which appointees leave the country.

According to him, the Presidency is keen on making sure appointees are available to perform their local duties hence the decision to control how appointees leave the shores.

the idea is to fashion out standardised guidelines where every government official will know that with an invitation of this nature and given the guidelines, will be granted permission or not, Jinapor said in a separate interview in Accra.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK