Abuja - The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Olugbenga Ashiru said on Monday in Abuja that the ministry was being repositioned to further professionalise diplomatic practice.
Ashiru made this known at the inauguration of ``The Senior Diplomatic Management Course 1'' programme for directors and ambassadors.
He said that the ministry would carry out series of training for all members of staff to build and sharpen their capacity and diplomatic skills in line with best international practices.
According to him, the ``Course 1’’ programme is aimed at exposing the diplomats to new trend in diplomacy and vistas of knowledge in the field of international relations and foreign policy.
The minister, who attributed the decline of professionalism to lack of training, and commitment to hard work, stressed the need for the internal systems and processes of the ministry to be revitalised to enhance productivity.
One of the ambassadors, Mr Bulu Lolo, told newsmen that the training would enable the management of the ministry to respond to challenges and broaden their capabilities.
Lolo, who is Nigeria’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, said that the training was timely, adding that diplomacy is not only a dynamic profession, but largely because of Nigeria’s specific interest in the world, and particularly in West Africa.