President Bola Tinubu has barred federal government officials who have no specific roles to play or without any proof of direct participation from attending the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, United States.
The 78th session of the UNGA will open on Tuesday, September 5, 2023.
But the President in a statement issued on Monday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, directed the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs to freeze the processing of visas for all government officials (without any proof of direct participation) from seeking to travel to New York for the UNGA’s official schedule of activities
Ajuri said the decision was part of a broader effort to reduce the cost of governance in Nigeria.
The statement further explained, “To prevent any sharp practice in this regard, the U.S. Mission in Nigeria is accordingly guided on official visa processing while Nigeria’s Permanent Mission in New York is further directed to prevent and stop the accreditation of any government official who is not placed on the protocol lists forwarded by the approving authority.
“By this directive of the President, all Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies are mandated to ensure that all officials, who are approved for inclusion in the UNGA delegation, strictly limit the number of aides and associated staff partaking in the event. Where excesses or anomalies in this regard are identified, they will be removed during the final verification process.
“The President wishes to affirm that, henceforth, government officials and government expenditure must reflect the prudence and sacrifice being made by well-meaning Nigerians across the nation.”