Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has said that the federal government has approved the closure of five foreign missions.
Onyeama, who did not mention the embassies or missions, told journalists in Abuja that the process for closure was underway and was also subject to the approval of the President.
Nigeria currently has 119 foreign missions.
He said, “We do not want to indicate the embassies that will be closed yet because we are in the process of submitting the proposals, the cost analysis and also the political analysis we did to the president.
“When he sees that, he may or may not want to close some, so we have not yet reached the stage of closing some.
“The expense, costs of closing embassies is so high and prohibitive but in the long run it will more economical.”
On April 10, Onyeama had disclosed to NAN that the closure of Nigerian missions abroad was inevitable.
Onyeama added that the reduction of Nigeria’s foreign missions remains one of the agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
“The government is following up on that and we have sort of prepared the roadmap; we have started the implementation of that and made also recommendations in that context,” he said.
“Paradoxically, closing missions is extremely expensive. At first sight, it seems obvious that you close it you are saving cost but you will actually find that the cost of closing is almost prohibitive.
“But in the long run it will be cheaper, but in the immediate and short term it is expensive but we have started the process.”
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