Cost of Governance: Tinubu Orders Reduction in Nigeria’s Delegation to UN General Assembly

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Cost of Governance: Tinubu Orders Reduction in Nigeria’s Delegation to UN General Assembly

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By implication, all Government Officials seeking to travel to New York City without a direct link to the General Assembly and names not included in the protocol list forwarded and approved by approving authority are to be denied visa.

All Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies are mandated to ensure that all officials, who are approved for inclusion in the UNGA delegation, strictly limit the number of Aides and Associated Staff partaking in the event. The President warns that where excesses or anomalies in this regard are identified, they will be removed during the final verification process.

A statement released by the Special Adviser to the President on media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale says that the President is committed to ensure that Government Officials and Government Expenditure must reflect the prudence and sacrifice being made by well-meaning Nigerians across the nation.

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“As part of a broader effort to reduce the cost of governance in Nigeria, President Bola Tinubu has directed the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs to freeze the processing of visas for all government officials seeking to travel to New York for the United Nations General Assembly without proof of direct participation in UNGA’s official schedule of activities.

To prevent any sharp practice in this regard, the US Mission in Nigeria is accordingly guided on official visa processing while Nigeria’s Permanent Mission in New York is further directed to prevent and stop the accreditation of any government official who is not placed on the protocol lists forwarded by the approving authority


By this directive of the President, all Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies are mandated to ensure that all officials, who are approved for inclusion in the UNGA delegation, strictly limit the number of aides and associated staff partaking in the event. Where excesses or anomalies in this regard are identified, they will be removed during the final verification process.

The President wishes to affirm that, henceforth, government officials and government expenditure must reflect the prudence and sacrifice being made by well-meaning Nigerians across the nation.”

Ajuri Ngelale

 

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