'UAE trip not funded by govt' - Defense Minister

Defense Minister Mariya Ahmed Didi has revealed that no state funds were used to finance her recent trip to Dubai to participate in the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX2019).

Minister Mariya traveled to UAE last Saturday to attend the largest technology exhibition held in the Middle East, and concluded her trip on Thursday.

In a tweet posted on Friday, Minister Mariya confirmed no state funds were used for her travel for GITEX2019. Her air tickets, food and accommodation, and family members were not sponsored by the government, revealed Mariya. The trip was not facilitated by the government, she added.

Finance Ministry's statistics show 99.4% of the budget allocated for official trips have been exhausted,