The Federal Government has banned the procurement and distribution of conference bags, T-shirts and other souvenirs at events such as Conferences and Seminars funded by Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday in Abuja by the Director of Information, Federal Ministry of Finance, Salisu Dambatta.
The statement said President Buhari had approved the ban following recommendations by the Efficiency Unit.
It said the Chief of Staff to the President, Alhaji Abba Kyari, had forwarded the directive to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation and the Ministers of Finance and Budget and National Planning for implementation.
According to the statement, the ban was in continuation of the ongoing cost cutting and efficiency drive in the utilisation of public funds by the present administration.
President Buhari had set up the Efficiency Unit to review all Federal Government’s overhead expenditure to reduce wastage, promote efficiency and ensure quantifiable savings for the country.
The Minister of Finance, Head of Service of the Federation, Accountant-General of the Federation, Auditor-General of the Federation and Director, Budget Office of the Federation are members of the Unit.
The Unit identified procurement as the area to begin the execution of its mandate of reducing overhead costs and wastage resources.
The Efficiency unit had already recorded success in cutting government overhead cost in areas such as travels, welfare, honorarium, sitting allowance, training, adverts and publicity as well as refreshments.
It had gone a step further to relocate some of Federal Government’s MDAs into recovered looted properties as ways to reduce overhead cost.
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