Politics We will Not Reduce Nigeria’s Foreign Offices – Minister


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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, says the Federal Government will “rationalise’’ and not reduce the country’s foreign missions and embassies.

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Onyeama told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday that the rationalisation of the foreign offices would be with a view to maximising the use of resources.

President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the ministry to come up with a comprehensive plan aimed at reducing the country’s foreign missions.

Onyeama said government was planning to establish a `one-stop shop’ for Nigerian businessmen in 119 countries where Nigeria has foreign missions.

The minister said that government was also planning to explore business opportunities in Africa by enhancing free movement within the continent.

He expressed concern that the level of trade within Africa was low and stressed the need for economic diversification to expand the country’s trade relations. (NAN)