The Federal Government of Nigeria says it plans to review the operations of some of its embassies abroad as well the Technical Aid Corps Scheme.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffery Onyeama, disclosed this when he featured as the special guest on the News Agency of Nigeria Forum in Abuja.
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Onyeama said the review became necessary due to the dwindling resources of the country and the harsh socio-economic realities occasioned by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
According to him, although the government had earlier considered the closure of some of its embassies, the embassies are now to be rationalised rather than closed.
“I wouldn’t say the resources have improved but yes we are in a process of trying to rationalise.
“What we have discovered is that the process is actually more expensive closing down an embassy than to actually keep it going.
“The cost is huge to close down, so, we had to revisit it,” he said. (NAN)