Nigeria to prune its diplomatic missions abroad

Move aims to cut costs, improve quality standards at country’s embassies overseas

Nigeria to prune its diplomatic missions abroad

World Bulletin / News Desk

In a bid to cut costs, Nigeria plans to review the number of its diplomatic missions abroad to determine which are essential and which are not, President Muhammadu Buhari said Tuesday, pledging to set up a committee to carry out the task.

"Let's keep only what we can manage. We can't afford much for now," he said in Abuja after meeting with top Foreign Ministry officials. 

Buhari said the exercise was also aimed at setting quality standards following a rash of complaints about the country’s embassies abroad.

The president went on to say there was no point in maintaining foreign missions "with dilapidated facilities and demoralized staff" when the need for some of these missions was questionable.   

Nigeria maintains embassies, high commissions and consulates in at least 105 countries around the world, while its Foreign Ministry employs at least 2,000 officials. 

Last Mod: 09 Eylül 2015, 16:25
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