Federal Government saves over N17 billion from foreign trips

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The Federal Government says in an effort to fight corruption, it has saved over N17 billion from foreign trips, sitting allowances and souvenir gifts usually shared during events.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this in Abuja.

Mohammed said the present administration introduced an efficiency unit in the Ministry of Finance to ensure that the resources of government were not wasted on trivialised grants.

According to him, the fight against corruption must not be based on the number of people that are jailed or prosecuted, but on efforts made to curtail corruption.

He also said the administration had done well in the whistle blowing policy.

According to him, the whistle blowing policy has led to recoveries of N13.8 billion in tax evasion.

He noted that before now government revenue generating agencies were not remitting so much money.

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