Reps task FG on renovation of missions abroad

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House of Representatives yesterday urged the federal government to adequately fund country’s foreign missions to effectively deliver on their mandate.

In the alternative, the House suggested to the government to allow the missions utilise the internal revenue generated from issuance of visa and passports amongst other activities, saying it will in no doubts enhance their work environment.

Members of the House made the appeal after considering and adopting a motion titled: “Urgent Need for the House to Save our Nation the Embarrassment Emanating from our Missions Abroad by Evaluating the Status of the Missions and Acting Promptly” sponsored at the plenary by Hon. Yakub Buba representing Hong/Gombi Federal Constituency of Adamawa State.

Moving the motion, Buba who is also the Chairman, House Committee non Foreign Affairs, said that the Missions had been an eyesore while staff have been illy treated.

He cited two cases of such unhealthy treated to staff and invasion of embassies by hoodlums in Democratic Republic of Congo and Senegal, urging the government to wake up to its responsibility.

“Also aware that Nigeria has over 100 of such 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 and that it is part of the statutory mandate of this House to, among other responsibilities, make annual budgetary provisions for all the aforementioned Missions and to undertake oversight functions on them;

“Observes that, for some time now, the entire world has continued to witness several disturbing videos on both the social and traditional media portraying events in some Nigerian Missions abroad and even the ill-treatment of Nigerians without a word from their Missions.

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