President Tinubu Implements Cost-Cutting Measures for UNGA Attendance


President Bola Tinubu has taken steps to curb unnecessary government expenditure by restricting federal government officials from attending the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York without specific roles or direct participation. This decision aims to align with efforts to reduce the cost of governance in Nigeria.

President Tinubu's directive, as conveyed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Ajuri Ngelale, involves freezing the processing of visas for government officials seeking to attend the UNGA in New York. 

The directive also mandates the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ensure that only approved officials are included in the UNGA delegation and limits the number of aides and staff accompanying them.

To prevent misuse and ensure transparency, the U.S. Mission in Nigeria has been informed about the official visa processing procedure, and Nigeria's Permanent Mission in New York is instructed to accredit only those officials listed on the protocol lists provided by the approving authority.

The statement highlighted President Tinubu's commitment to align government practices with the sacrifices and prudence demonstrated by the citizens of Nigeria. The directive emphasizes that government officials and expenditures must reflect the financial responsibility required during these times.


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