FG bans purchase and distribution of bags & T-shirts at government workshops and conferences

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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 to
newsmen in Abuja by the Director of Information,
Federal Ministry of Finance, Salisu Dambatta today
July 31st.
According to the statement, the ban was in
continuation of the on-going cost-cutting and
efficiency drive in the utilization of public funds by
the present administration. The statement reads in
part
“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” the statement read

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