Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari said
on Tuesday that his administration would undertake a review of Nigerian foreign
missions to determine those that were really essential.
Buhari said this Abuja after being briefed by the Permanent
Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Bulus Lolo.
He said that a Presidential Committee would soon be
constituted to carry out the review.
According to the president, the review will determine the
number of missions Nigeria needs to maintain abroad so that appropriate
standards and quality can be maintained.
The President said that there was no point in Nigeria
operating missions all over the world "with dilapidated facilities and
demoralised staff’’ when the need for some of the missions was questionable.
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"Let's keep only what we can manage. We can't afford much
for now. There's no point in pretending.’’
The president also called for the record of former
government officials and other persons still using diplomatic and official
passports illegally, saying that his administration would take necessary action
"Something has to be done so that we can get back our
respectability as a country.
"Some people carry official passports and get involved in
all sorts of negative acts. We need to do something about it,’’ the president
Lolo had informed the president that the challenges facing
the ministry included the absence of a Foreign Service Commission, poor funding
of foreign missions, policy inconsistencies and training deficiencies, among