Participants were,however, unanimous in their belief that,in the face of several limitations and drawbacks noticed in the course of their interactions,the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has fared well under the Buhari Administration. Nonetheless, they,equally, expressed the desire for greater commitment to the twin issues of Citizens and Economic Diplomacy, stressing that Nigerian nationals abroad are yet to fully enjoy the benefits they deserve from the Missions and that the amount of Foreign Direct Investment in the nation’s economy today is still a far cry from the general expectations. Speaking during the interactive session, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E,Mr Geoffrey Onyeama said the support of the legislature was necessary to achieve the targets the Ministry has set for itself. In response to certain enquiries, with regards to the treatment melted out on Nigerians abroad and those who seek to travel outside the country even on official capacity,Minister of State of the Ministry, Amb.Zubairu Dada sued for attitudinal change among some Nigerian nationals,who he observed,had the habit to abuse every process and official privileges.
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While bringing the session to an end,Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs,Hon.Yusuf Buba Yakub, called for greater media visibility on the activities and mandate of the Ministry. He said it was important for the Ministry to promote its activities in order to attract the funding it desires to function better. He said the Committee would do its best to facilitate processes that would ensure that the Ministry was well-funded and lauded the performance of the Hon.Minister,Amb.Onyeama for his actions,especially,during the xenophobic attacks on some Nigerians living in the Republic of South Africa. Continuing, the Gombi/Hong Rep. said the Committee’s goal was to see a well-funded and motivated Ministry of Foreign Affairs that is proactive and able to represent Nigeria well at the international community at all times. He promised that the Committee would continue to be on the same page with the Ministry on the issue of making the nation’s Missions abroad active and vibrant, saying that a sick Foreign Mission will hardly attract anyone to invest in Nigeria and that security and the development of our infrastructure were, also, necessary prerequisites to attract investor -confidence.
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