By Ola Adeola
President Muhammadu Buhari has endorsed a cut-cutting policy by stopping the printing and procurement of souvenirs, such as conference bags and T-shirts at government-funded events.
The directive has been forwarded to heads of government agencies and parastatals for implementation.
Salisu Dambatta, Director of Information, Federal Ministry of Finance, said in a statement on Sunday.
“The directive which is a recognition of the fact that in a period of lean financial resources unnecessary expenditure on overheads such souvenirs are luxuries that the government must eliminate”, Dambatta said.
“This will enable release of 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.”
Also, the statement said the printing of unnecessary publications and books of short shelf life which have no real value to the concerned public institutions or the citizens has also been banned.