President Bola Tinubu Stops Government Officials Without Direct Role from Traveling to UNGA
In a sweeping move aimed at curbing governance expenses within Nigeria, President Bola Tinubu has taken decisive action. According to a recent statement from the Presidency on Monday, the President has issued a directive to the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This directive stipulates the freezing of visa processing for government officials intending to attend the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.The President’s directive comes with a clear condition: government officials must provide concrete proof of their direct involvement in UNGA’s official schedule of activities. This move is designed to eliminate any potential misuse of resources or undue privileges. The statement further emphasizes that the US Mission in Nigeria will adhere to strict guidelines for official visa processing.Notably, Nigeria’s Permanent Mission in New York has received explicit instructions to thwart any attempts at accrediting government officials who are not included in the protocol lists endorsed by the appropriate authorities. This approach seeks to uphold transparency and accountability in the delegation process.As part of this comprehensive reform, President Tinubu has mandated all Federal Ministries, Departments, and Agencies to rigorously control the number of aides and accompanying staff accompanying officials who are approved for the UNGA delegation. Any instances of excesses or irregularities in this regard will be rectified during the final verification stage.The President’s intent is clear: a marked departure from the past practices is imperative. The directive underscores the need for government officials to align with the nation’s prevailing spirit of prudence and shared sacrifice. This action is framed as a significant step toward a more fiscally responsible and responsive governance structure, echoing the sentiment of responsible Nigerians across the nation.