Ghana president bans first class travel for public officials

Written by on December 23, 2015

Ghana’s President, John Mahama has banned public officials from first class air travel or unwarranted foreign trips in a renewed effort to cut wasteful spending. The ban comes into effect as the Ghana Presidentcountry implements an International Monetary Fund (IMF) aid deal to revive state finances, the government said on Tuesday.

Ghana is preparing to hold presidential and parliamentary elections next year and, with the opposition accusing government ministers of inflating contract sums, inappropriate spending will be a top campaign issue. Ghana, a major producer of cocoa, gold and oil, began a three-year program with IMF in April to fix its economy.

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