Adeleke bans foreign trips for top officials in Osun

Osun state governor, Ademola Adeleke, has suspended foreign trips for top officials for the rest of the year.

He said the suspension holds unless there is a direct emergency which must be authorized by him.

A statement by his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, Monday, stated that Adeleke hosted the State Executive Council meeting where he made the order.

According to the statement, the meeting attended by all members of the executive council deliberated on 2024 budget proposals from the Ministries, departments, and agencies as a prelude to the submission of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework to the state house of Assembly.

Adeleke called for due diligence on the budget preparation process as he read out key policy directives on the governance of the state.

He directed the immediate suspension of foreign travels by top officials, urging the application of virtual meetings for attendance and participation at international business and investment events.

“Foreign trips for top officials for the rest of the year are hereby suspended unless there is a direct emergency to be authorized by the governor,” he said.

Adeleke further instructed that state expenditure should henceforth be focussed on the implementation of critical projects across the sectors.

He also called for personal sacrifice on the part of cabinet members, positing that cabinet members and all members of the administration must demonstrate readiness to sacrifice in the face of the state’s harsh financial situation.

“While memos by Special Advisers must pass through the Permanent Secretary to the Commissioners, the Commissioners must ensure fair play and accommodating spirit,” Adeleke added.