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Recession: FG bans conference bags, T-shirts, souvenirs, at workshops, seminars

Source: pointblanknews.com

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

Agencies (MDAs).
This is contained in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday in

Abuja by the Director of Information, Federal Ministry of Finance, Mr

Salisu Dambatta.
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

country.
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.

(NAN)
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