Ambassador-Designates to Nigeria’s mission in foreign countries have finally been posted by the Federal Government.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Gabriel Aduda which revealed a list that includes 43 Career Ambassadors and 52 Non-career Ambassadors.
The statement reads in part: “With this development, the process of requesting Agreement from the prospective host countries have commenced.
“The Ministry also wishes to inform that there will be an induction course for the Ambassador-Designates and their spouses which will hold on a date to be announced shortly to prepare and facilitate the movement of the Envoys to their respective Missions.”
In reaction, former ambassador to Singapore, Amedu Ogbole Ode, advised the government to ensure it effects a non reoccurrence of such delay.
He said, “There should be, by now, some institutional memory of how it was dealt with in 2017 and how lapses experienced then can and should be improved on now and in the future. The delay in the deployment of Ambassadors five months after their confirmation by the upper house of the National Assembly is also an encore!
“In 2016, Ambassadors that were confirmed were not deployed until 2017. That situation left most missions in the hands of relatively junior and inexperienced officers with the attendant negative consequences.”
He urged the foreign ministry to ensure it meets its financial obligations and also its rent and insurance of property.
“These sorts of challenges are not, in my view, entirely unexpected due to the slow response capacity of our bureaucracy to challenges of this sort. And that shouldn’t be so for the very fact of the negative shadow it can cast on our national image.
“It may not be totally out of place to speculate that a lot of exogenous influences could be displayed by individuals and power blocs to influence what should be a routine foreign ministry administrative occurrence (in liaison with the presidency, though). Such administrative undertakings must have the guiding principle of round pegs in round holes as a watchword,” he said.