Recession: FG bans conference bags, T-shirts, souvenirs, at workshops, seminars
The Federal Government has banned the procurement and distribution of
conference bags, T-shirts and other souvenirs at events such as
Conferences and Seminars funded by Federal Ministries, Departments and
This is contained in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday in
Abuja by the Director of Information, Federal Ministry of Finance, Mr
It said President Buhari had approved the ban following recommendations by
the Efficiency Unit.
It said the Chief of Staff to the President, Alhaji Abba Kyari, had
forwarded the directive to the Secretary to the Government of the
Federation, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation and the
Ministers of Finance and Budget and National Planning, for implementation.
According to the statement, the ban was in continuation of the on-going
cost-cutting and efficiency drive in the utilisation of public funds by
the present administration.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that President Buhari had set up the
Efficiency Unit to review all federal government’s overhead expenditure to
reduce wastage, promote efficiency and ensure quantifiable savings for the
The Minister of Finance, Head of Service of the Federation,
Accountant-General of the Federation, Auditor-General of the Federation
and Director, Budget Office of the Federation are members of the Unit.
The Unit identified procurement as the area to begin the execution of its
mandate of reducing overhead costs and wastage resources.
The Efficiency unit had already recorded success in cutting government
overhead cost in areas such as travels, welfare, honorarium, sitting
allowance, training, adverts and publicity as well as refreshments.
It had gone a step further to relocate some of federal government’s MDAs
into recovered looted properties as ways to reduce overhead cost.
“The directive which is a recognition of the fact that in a period of lean
financial resources unnecessary expenditure on overheads such souvenirs
are luxuries that the government must eliminate.
“This will enable release of funds for infrastructure and services such as
health and education that would have direct positive impact on the well
being of the citizenry and promote economic development.
“The directive also contained specific guidelines that would reduce the
cost of printing Invitation Cards, Programme of events, Brochures, Folders
and Note Pads.
“Among the guidelines are that they should be in black and white and
limited to only one page and in the case of Brochures they should be
streamlined to contain only essential information,” it said.
Also, the statement said the printing of unnecessary publications and
books of short shelf life which have no real value to the concerned public
institutions or the citizens has also been banned.
“MDAs were encouraged to save costs by uploading such publications on
their websites which has the added benefit of wider visibility,” it said.
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