Tinubu restricts the attendance of officials without designated roles at the UNGA.




President Bola Tinubu has instructed the federal ministry of foreign affairs to halt the visa processing for government officials intending to attend the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York unless they can demonstrate their direct involvement in UNGA’s official schedule.


In a communication released by Ajuri Ngelale, the president’s special adviser on media and publicity, this move is part of a larger initiative by the government to curtail expenditure in Nigeria’s governance.

The statement also reveals that the U.S. Mission in Nigeria has been informed of this new directive to prevent any potential irregularities.


Ngelale emphasized that the notice aims to guide officials handling visa applications for the Nigerian delegation. Additionally, Nigeria’s Permanent Mission in New York has been instructed to disallow the accreditation of government officials who are not included in the protocol lists approved by the relevant authority.


“Under this presidential directive, all federal ministries, departments, and agencies are required to ensure that approved UNGA delegation members limit the number of accompanying aides and staff,” the statement outlines. Any discrepancies will be rectified during the final verification process.The president asserts that “henceforth, government officials and expenses must reflect the prudence and sacrifice exhibited by conscientious Nigerians nationwide.


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