FG secures 50% discounts from Dana Airlines for MDAs travels, saves N15bn

By The Citizen

The Federal Government has signed an agreement with Dana Airlines to give 50 per cent discount on official air travel tickets to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government.

The discount for air travel ticket for civil servants on official trips which is expected to lead to a savings of N15bn annually, was championed by the Efficiency Unit of the Federal Ministry of Finance as part of its cost management initiatives.

The Federal Government, through the Efficiency Unit, has implemented several costs cutting policies which have reduced wastage and leakages in public sector expenditure.

At the agreement signing, the Federal Government was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, Alhaji Mahmoud Isa-Dutse and the Head of the Efficiency Unit, Patience Oniha.

Dana Airline was represented by Head of Ground Operations, Mr. Ememobong Ettete and another official of the airline, Mrs. Joy Nwogu.

A statement on Saturday signed by the Director of Information in the Ministry of Finance, Mr Salisu Dambatta, said the government was doing everything within its power to reduce operational costs while maximising the gains.

Dutse, according to the statement commended Dana for being the first airline operating in the country to partner with the Federal Government on air ticket cost reduction for government workers on official trips.

In his response, Ettete said Dana Airline was committed to the agreement and commended the Federal Government for the initiative.

The statement reads in part, 'In 2016 the Efficiency Unit had identified the Federal Government's large purchasing power which could be leveraged to secure discounts from suppliers of standard goods, including air travel tickets and the Efficiency Unit proceeded to request for discounts from airlines operating in Nigeria.

'The initiative paid off as the Efficiency Unit was able to secure discounts ranging from five per cent to 50 per cent from a total of 19 local and foreign airlines in 2016.

'Dana is the first of the Agreements to be completed, while those for other airlines are at various stages of finalization.

'When completed, the savings to government from the discounts is estimated at N5 billion per annum.

'These discounts when considered alongside the restrictions on the class and frequency of travels introduced in 2016 through Circulars issued by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, would translate to a savings totaling N15 billion yearly on travels.'

The statement said while agreements with other airlines are being finalized, the Efficiency Unit is currently making arrangements for additional savings from the procurement of stationery, computers and computer accessories, vehicles and photocopiers, amongst others.