President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in an apparent effort to to reduce the cost of governance in Nigeria, has directed the ministry of Foreign Affairs to freeze the processing of visas for government officials who have no business at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.
This was contained in a statement signed and issued by Ajuri Ngelale, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, on Monday, August 28, 2023.
He said the move is in line “with a broader effort to reduce the cost of governance in Nigeria”.
According to him, government officials without proof of direct participation in UNGA’s official schedule of activities have been barred from making the trip.
“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,” the statement reads.
“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 UNGA will open on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, in New York, United States of America (USA).