Federal government bans all forms of souvenirs

The Buhari led administration has banned the purchase and distribution of souvenirs.

The ban covers such items as conference bags, T-shirts and all other forms of souvenirs.

The directive was contained in a statement released by the Director of Information, Federal Ministry of Finance, Mr. Salisu Dambatta.

“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.

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“This will also 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, Program of events, Brochures, Folders and Note Pads.

“Among the guidelines are that they should be in black and white.

“They should also be limited to only one page.

“Brochures should be streamlined to contain only essential information, Mr. Salisu said.

The statement further clarified that “Unnecessary publications and books of short shelf life has also been banned.”

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

President Buhari approved the ban following recommendations by the Efficiency Unit.

The directive has been forwarded to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.

Ministers and office of Budget and National Planning has been primed for immediate implementation.

The ban is in line with the President’s on-going cost-cutting and efficiency drive in the utilization of public funds.

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Recall that President Buhari had set up the Efficiency Unit to review all federal government’s overhead expenditure.

The plan was to reduce wastage, promote efficiency and ensure quantifiable savings for the country.

Successes recorded by the Efficiency Unit includes cutting overhead cost in travels, welfare, honorarium, sitting allowance, training, adverts and publicity as well as refreshments.

The unit has also relocated some MDAs into recovered looted properties as ways to reduce overhead cost.

The ban covers all federally funded conferences for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).