President Bola Tinubu has restricted federal government officials who lack specific roles or without any proof of direct participation from attending the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, USA. This action, as conveyed through a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Ajuri Ngelale, is part of a broader initiative to curtail the expenses associated with governance in Nigeria.
According to Ngelale, President Tinubu has instructed the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs to halt the visa application process for all government officials seeking to travel to New York for the UNGA’s official activities. The statement clarifies, “In order to prevent any misuse of this process, the U.S. Mission in Nigeria has been duly informed of the official visa processing procedures, and Nigeria’s Permanent Mission in New York has been explicitly instructed to prohibit and disallow the accreditation of any government official not included on the protocol lists provided by the authorizing body.”
“Under the President’s directive, all Federal Ministries, Departments, and Agencies are mandated to ensure that approved officials for the UNGA delegation strictly adhere to limitations on the number of aides and associated staff participating in the event. Any excesses or irregularities in this regard will be rectified during the final verification process.”
The statement concludes, “The President emphasizes that moving forward, government officials and expenditures must mirror the prudence and sacrifices being made by conscientious Nigerians across the nation.”
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