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Cost of Governance: Tinubu reduces UNGA delegation, blocks govt officials without proof of participation

President Bola Tinubu has ordered the freezing of visa processing for government officials seeking to travel to New York for the United Nations General Assembly without proof of participation.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria

President Bola Tinubu has ordered the freezing of visa processing for government officials seeking to travel to New York for the United Nations General Assembly without proof of participation.

In a statement, Ajuri Ngelale, spokesperson to the President released the development on Monday.

“As part of a broader effort to reduce the cost of governance in Nigeria, President Bola Tinubu has directed the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs to freeze the processing of visas for all government officials seeking to travel to New York for the United Nations General Assembly without proof of direct participation in UNGA’s official schedule of activities,” the statement reads in part.

“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.”

The 78th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 78) is scheduled to open on Tuesday, 5 September 2023, with the high-level general debate held from 19 September 2023 to 29 September in New York.

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