By Wahab Akanji, Abuja
The Federal Government has banned procurement and distribution of conference souvenirs at events and activities funded by ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).Â The new measures were approved by President Muhammadu Buhari following recommendations by the Efficiency Unit of the Federal Ministry of Finance.
The decision has also been conveyed 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, by the Chief of Staff to the President, Alhaji Abba Kyari, for implementation.
A statement from the Federal Ministry of Finance signed by Salsiu Naâ€™Inna Dambatta, Director (Information) said “The directive is a recognition of the fact that in a period of lean financial resources in the face of huge national infrastructural deficit, wasteful and unnecessary expenditure on overheads such as on souvenirs and conference bags were luxuries that the government must eliminate to release funds for infrastructure and services.â€
In the directive Dambatta contains specific guidelines that would reduce the cost of printing invitation cards, programme of events, brochures, folders and note pads.Â
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.”
The directive also banned the printing of “unnecessary publications and books of short shelf life which have no real value to the concerned public institutions or the citizens.”