The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it had no control over the number of people from the private sector that attend the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, United States of America.
The ministry gave the clarification in a statement on Friday following a recent remark by the Minister, Aminu Wali, on the need to prune the number of Nigerian delegates to UNGA meeting.
The statement by the ministry explained that Nigeria’s delegation to the 68th session of the UNGA comprised delegates from the Presidency, state governments, Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government.
In addition, it said individuals from non-government organisatons, civil society organisations and the private sector usually attend side meetings during the sessions of the annual UN gathering.
The statement said: “It should be pointed out that the Federal Government has no control over the number of persons from these organisations and the private sector that may wish to attend the session.”
It, however, insisted that it was the desire of the Federal Government to keep Nigeria’s official delegation to this year’s UNGA meeting “very lean on the basis of functional relevance and value addition”.