Monday, 1 August 2016

Distribution of bags, t -shirts and other souvenirs at conferences banned by Buhari.

The federal government has banned the purchase 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 by the director of information, federal ministry of finance, Salisu Dambatta on Sunday, July 31, in Abuja. 

According to the statement, new measures were approved by President Muhammadu Buhari following recommendations by the Efficiency Unit of the Federal Ministry of Finance. “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,” the statement reads. 

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. 

“MDAs were encouraged to save costs by uploading such publications on their websites which has the added benefit of wider visibility” the statement further 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. 

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