Lagos - High-flying civil servants who travel business or first class cost the country so much they are to be downgraded and the savings funneled into capital projects, an official said Wednesday.
"In the past, some government officials who should have been in business class usually traveled first class, while many others traveled business class instead of economy," finance ministry spokesman Festus Akanbi said.
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"Such large savings from travel, which should ordinarily not be a major expense item for the government, will become available for investment in capital projects," he added.
Under a package of reforms, government air travel costs are to be slashed to save up to 13.88 billion naira, Akbani said in a statement.
Government officials will also be encouraged to hold conferences and meetings in their own regions to cut down on flights and be required to seek permission from the federal government to host events overseas, Akanbi said.