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Financial Constraints Delaying Ambassador’s Appointments – Minister


The Federal Government of Nigeria has attributed the delay in appointing ambassadors, one year after President Bola Tinubu assumed office, to financial challenges faced by the country.

Speaking during a ministerial sectoral briefing organized by the Ministry of Information and National Orientation in Abuja, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, said the delay in appointing ambassadors wasn’t deliberate.

He highlighted the impact of microeconomic reforms showing benefits, only to be undermined by platforms like Binance and the rise of cryptocurrencies.

Tuggar emphasized that the ministry required sufficient funding to send out ambassadors and ensure the effective operation of missions abroad.

He acknowledged that without adequate funding, ambassadors would face challenges in traveling to their designated countries and carrying out their duties effectively.

However, Tuggar assured that the government is addressing the issue, stating, “Mr. President is working on it, and it will be done in due course.”

He emphasized Nigeria’s commitment to engaging with countries for the collective interest of Nigerians, particularly in addressing issues related to global mobility.

Highlighting the progress made since President Tinubu’s administration began, Tuggar disclosed that several memoranda of understanding were signed, stakeholders were engaged both locally and internationally, and efforts were made to promote democracy and stability in West Africa and Africa.

Tuggar reiterated Nigeria’s stance on promoting democracy and ensuring peace and stability in the region, emphasizing the importance of proactive diplomacy in resolving conflicts and supporting democratic governance.

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