Nigeria has pledged technical support to Sao Tome and Principe on the country’s Parliamentary election scheduled for October 7 this year.
The Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama disclosed this in an interview with Journalists at the valedictory session to mark the retirement of Ambassador Olukunle Bamgbose, the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Mr. Onyeama said he embarked on a visit to Sao Tome and Principe to represent President Muhammadu Buhari, on modalities to provide technical support to the country.
“It was to provide technical assistance to Sao Tome and Principe, the country is having election very soon and we are very keen, and we are working towards how to make it peaceful,” explained Mr. Onyeama.
According to him, “Mr. President really believe and is interested in supporting neighbouring countries, so it was part of what made the president to send assistance to them.”
On the retiring Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Bamgbose, the Minister commended him for his hard work and contribution to the development of the Ministry.
“He is a hardworking man that is ready to put his best; he has all the qualities that I admire, very hard working, very loyal as well.
“I like his kind of person, if he doesn’t agree with me, he will tell me why he doesn’t; he will advise me and he was very productive; so we really enjoyed him,” he said.
Ambassador Bamgbose in his remarks said that he was fulfilled as a Permanent Secretary, adding that he achieved all his set goals in that position.
“I came up with “quick wins“, and in one year, all the things I thought I could do, I did all of them, so I am going out as a Permanent Secretary fulfilled.
“I am not going with any regrets because I did all I was supposed to do.
“I am fully satisfied now that I addressed some of the challenges identified when I was growing up in the Ministry,” he said.
In his own words “What is important is that the work is continuous, I have done my own part, others will also do theirs, when you do your bit, things will move forward.
“I am challenging the officers behind me to follow some of the things I laid down.
“With the combined efforts, we can make some changes in the Foreign Services with beautiful decisions, every officer can come and serve and make impact,” he said.
The outgoing Permanent Secretary urged the staff of the Ministry to remain focused and sustain the legacy he left behind.
Ambassador Olukunle Bamgbose is retiring after spending thirty five years in the Foreign Service.