Federal Government has placed a ban on procurement and distribution/printing of t-shirt bags, and other souvenirs at events such as seminars and conferences funded by Federal Government and also departments and agencies. The ban is in continuation of the on going cost-cutting measures.
According to a statement made in Abuja by the director of information, federal ministry of finance, Salisu Danbatta, said president buhari had approved the ban following recommendations by the Efficiency unit. the chief of staff to the president Abba Kyari, forwarded the directive to the secretary to the government of the Federation, the Head of the Civil Service of the federation and the minister of Finance and Budget and National Planning, for implementation
The directive which 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 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.
Similarly, the directive has 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.