Lawan Hamidu, Abuja.
The Nigerian House of Representatives has called on the executive arm of government to encourage the strict implementation of the Smart Mission Concept in all of its Missions across the globe.
This was part of the resolution of the House when the lawmakers resumed plenary after weeks of 2020 budget defence by the Ministries, departments and Agencies.
Presenting the motion under matters of urgent public importance, the Chairman House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Buba Yakubu expressed concern over the zero-budgetary allocations for capital expenditure to over one hundred Nigerian missions abroad.
“The zero-budgetary allocation in the last few years may have taken quite a toll on their performance, especially in relation to our Economic and Citizens Diplomacy, which are the very planks of the present Administration’s foreign policy agenda,” he explained.
The lawmakers are unanimous that the negligence and abandonment of Nigerian Missions abroad affects the government’s efforts to revamp the poor perception of the nation’s image over the past years.
Nigeria has over one hundred Missions scattered across all parts of the world housing several staff from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior and others, who are engaged in several aspects of diplomatic, economic, security and consular duties.