Eastern AfricaEritrea/May 22, 2019/Agency Reporter /No Comment/154 views /Eritrea Nigeria: Govt Shuts Czech, Sri Lanka, Serbia Missions, Downsizes Ukraineshare on:FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancelAbuja — The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, says the Federal Government has closed three of the nation’s foreign missions and downsized another due to insufficient funds. Onyeama said this on Tuesday in Abuja while speaking on activities of the ministry in the last three years. The Minister said that the countries where Nigeria closed its missions included Sri Lanka, Czech Republic and Republic of Serbia while Ukraine was drastically downsized. Before the closure Nigeria had 119 foreign missions. ALSO READ Zambia: Report Reveals Mounting Pressure On Zambia's Environmental ResourcesOnyeama added that the reduction of Nigeria’s foreign missions remains one of the agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration. He explained that the closure of the missions was occasioned by inability of the ministry to maintain them due to insufficient funds. “Every embassy has written to us about their huge financial demands. and when we go to these embassies we see clearly very unattractive state that does not reflect well on the country. ALSO READ PM Abiy Acknowledges Challenges in Dealing with Isaias - Awate.com“Very often the staff of the embassy really find things extremely difficult. “Clearly, if we want to operate on the scale and scope in which we are at the moment with over a 100 missions around the world, we need to spend a lot more. He said though Nigeria has spent a lot, it was not enough, compared to what other countries around the world spend “What I am saying is that rather than having this terrible circle of inadequate funding for missions, headquarters and so forth we have to reduce the scope. ALSO READ Nigeria: Experts Express Concern Over Nigeria's N24.39trn Debt“We should have foreign missions that we can fund, we might not necessarily close the embassies per se, it might be reducing the number of staff in the embassies. “Because what we found out is that it is more expensive to close the embassies than operating them,” he said (NAN) Leave A Comment Below Related Tags:Eritrea share on: FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancel previous articleBandits kill five vigilante members in Katsina – Police – Premium Times Nigerianext articleEFCC Investigates Kwara Lawmakers Over N400m PaymentsRelated PostsEastern Africa/June 16, 2019 /No Comment Nigeria: APC, PDP Culpable in Nigeria’s 2019 Election Violence – EUEastern Africa/June 16, 2019 /No Comment Nigeria: Insecurity – 154 Killed, Nine Kidnapped in Separate Attacks Across Nigeria Last WeekNegarit 45: መሰረት ዘይብሉ ጉራን ቶጎግን – تفاخر على الفاضي – Awate.comEast Africa: Tanzania Shines in Peace IndexMalawi: Economic Experts Warn Malawi Govt Against Provisional Budget AbuseEast Africa: EA States Count Losses Over Uganda, Rwanda RowSomalia: Somali Civilians, Kenyan Police Officers Killed in BlastsZimbabwe: Bleak Future for Tobacco FarmingSouth Africa: Three Children Among Fatalities in Horrific Mpumalanga CrashUganda: UPDF Soldiers Grab Bobi Wine’s Promoter From Press Conference Leave a Response Cancel reply CommentName Email Sign me up for the newsletter! Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.