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Minister of foreign affairs,Geoffrey Onyema revealed on tuesday that The Federal Government of Nigeria, has ordered that four foreign missions abroads which includes Serbia,Sri lanka, Czech Republic and Ukraine be closed down with immediate effect due to lack of funding.
Onyeama,who may be one of the ministers to exist the present administration first term in office by end of the month, said as it stands now,the federal government cann’t shoulder the responsibility of funding these missions hence the closure, pending when issues are resolved.
THrowing more light on the matter he said:
“Every embassy has written to us about their huge financial demands and when we go to these embassies we see clearly very unattractive state that does not reflect well on the country.
“Very often the staff of the embassy really find things extremely difficult. Clearly, if we want to operate on the scale and scope in which we are at the moment with over a 100 missions around the world, we need to spend a lot more.
“What I am saying is that rather than having this terrible circle of inadequate funding for missions, headquarters and so forth we have to reduce the scope.
“We should have foreign missions that we can fund, we might not necessarily close the embassies per se, it might be reducing the number of staff in the embassies.”
“Let’s keep only what we can manage. We can’t afford much for now. There’s no point in pretending,” he told officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.