The senator representing Kaduna Central on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Shehu Sani, has said that the recent Federal Government’s ban on conference materials and souvenirs was not a solution to the nation’s economic challenges.
Sani made this known when he featured at the News agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja.
The APC-led Federal Government had last month announced a ban on the procurement and distribution of conference bags, T-shirts and other souvenirs at events such as conferences and seminars funded by federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, as part of ongoing cost-cutting measures and efficiency drive in the utilization of public funds.
But the senator, who is Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, said the ban would contribute little or nothing to tackling the current economic problems in the country, describing the measure as cosmetic.
The lawmaker urged the government’s economic team and other relevant stakeholders to find lasting solution to the nation’s challenges rather than discouraging small-scale businesses from growing.
He also urged the Federal Government to give a human face to any new policy on internally-generated revenue.
According to him, any policy on revenue generation that will affect common Nigerians negatively will make life unbearable for them.
“IGR should not be about making life unbearable for the people, because you want more money to do your own project.
“It should be about targeting very key areas of business that will further add to revenue.
“We have the upper, middle and lower class and I think the lower class of Nigerians has suffered enough.
“They have suffered enough from previous governments and they should not suffer now in the name of trying to revive our economy”, he said. (NAN)