The Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, has suspended foreign trips by top officials of the state government for the rest of the year.
The governor, according to a statement issued on Monday by his Chief President Secretary, Rasheed Olawale, gave the directive at a State Executive Council meeting convened to deliberate on the 2024 budget proposals from the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) in the state.
He urged government officials to make personal sacrifices in the face of the state’s present financial situation.
The governor also directed the Head of Service, Mr. Leye Aina, to prepare a memo that would state the relationship between the Commissioners and the Special Advisers in the government.
He equally called for due diligence on the budget preparation process.
Adeleke said: “Foreign trips for top officials for the rest of the year are hereby suspended unless there is a direct emergency to be authorised by the governor.
“We must sustain the momentum of our service delivery by avoiding excessive spending on recurrent and overheads.
“Our needs from office to accommodation are much, but our resources are limited. So we have to devise a coping mechanism pending the time our funding situation will improve.
“While memos by Special Advisers must pass through the Permanent Secretary to the Commissioners, the Commissioners must ensure fair play and an accommodating spirit.”