50% Flight Discount: Civil servants only to benefit ― Nigerian govt.

Minister of Finance, Keni Adeosun on Thursday says Nigerian government would save N5 billion from flight discounts offered to its officials by Dana Airlines limited and 18 other airline operators in the country.

Acting Permanent Secretary, Ms. Larai Shuaibu, who represented the minister stated this at a workshop on flight discounts with Dana Airlines organised by the Efficiency Unit of the Ministry of Finance for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in Abuja

“From discounts of air travels alone, we expect to have saved approximately N5 billion per annum,” she said.

According to Adeosun, this has become necessary considering the huge sum spent by government on travels. Between 2012 and 2015 government spends over N350 billion on travels.

Dana Airline is to provide 50 per cent discount on prevailing airfares to Ministries, Departments and Agencies for the purposes of official transportation of personnel, consultants and contractors for which the MDAs are paying.

Speaking further, Adeosun noted that, “the workshop is to sensitized MDAs to the initiatives which are targeted at moderating the federal government’s expenditure on travels. And to provide opportunity for officers in MDAs to be aware of these initiatives and to be equipped with details on how to access the 50 per cent travel discount offered by Dana Airlines on its local and regional routes.”

The ministers also spells out the terms and conditions of the deal entered into with airline operators. According to her, the discount covers only official trips by civil servants, consultants and contractors whose bills government is expected pay. She warned that tickets are not transferable, thus, government officials must take comply.

Speaking to newsmen, Remi Jibodu, Sales Manager Dana Air said the company is happy with the partnership.

“One of those things that we do is to ensure that we give good prices to our customers. We are very happy to be part of this.”

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