The Gambia government has issued a travel ban on all foreign trips by government officials effective October 1, 2018.
This decision came following heavy criticisms of the revelations made last week, by the Finance minister Mr. Mambury Njie at the National Assembly, that the government has spent D239 million on travels and payment of per-diems from January to July 2018.
In a press release dated 26 September, 2018, signed by Hon. Mambury Njie, Minister of Finance, the Gambia Government said it has placed a temporary ban on all foreign trips by officials effective October 1, 2018.
The ban, which affects all Government funded trips except for essential statutory meetings, also applies to all Non-Subvented Agencies, State Owned Enterprises and Central Bank of the Gambia.
“This is necessitated by the overall fiscal slippages on travels and ensure expenses are within the overall travel expenditure ceiling of the 2018 budget as approved by the National Assembly. The measure is needed to free up spending for social services such as education, health and to engender economic growth and macroeconomic stability,” the press release stated.
It went on: “This expanded scope will improve the financial position of all the relevant institutions to enable them to pay statutory tax payments and potential dividends to Government, where applicable.”
Written by Mamos Tv