- The Senate committee on foreign affairs has condemned the sorry state of almost convenience facilities in almost 130 Nigerian embassies
- Senator Shehu Sani said Nigerian embassies, especially in Russia, are in a deplorable state
- According to Sani, staff of the embassy are forced to fetch water from embassies of other countries whenever they use the facility
The vice chairman of the Senate committee on foreign affairs, Shehu Sani, has condemned the sorry state of almost convenience facilities in almost 130 Nigerian embassies and mission across the world.
Sani who spoke on Wednesday, April 3, at the defence of the 2019 budget proposal by the ministry of defence said most facilities at the Nigerian embassies, especially in Russia, are in a deplorable state.
The senator said the committee's panel in its finding discovered that the toilet facility in Moscow, Russia lacks water supply following the accumulation of bills due to non-payment.
According to Sani, staff of the embassy are forced to fetch water from embassies of other countries whenever they use the facility.
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In his reaction, the permanent secretary for the ministry of foreign affairs, Ambassador Mustapha Suleiman, said N4.123 billion has been approved by the ministry in its 2019 budget.
Suleiman said the N4.123 billion capital votes proposed for the missions for the 2019 fiscal year out of the entire N7.6 billion proposed for the entire Ministry, can only cover 30 out of the 110 Missions abroad critically in need of such funding.
He said: "As a result of this, only 30 missions could be considered out of 110 missions for purchase of representational car, renovation/completion of ongoing projects."
“Distinguished Senators, on a general note, it is pertinent to mention that the Capital Budget proposal for the Ministry is grossly inadequate to cater for the line items .
“It is imperative to state that the budget ceiling brought down the capital budget from the 2018 Appropriation level of N20.198 billion to N7.618 binllio representing a 62% reduction.
“It is imperative to state that the budget ceiling brought down the capital budget from the 2018 Appropriation level of N20.198bn to N7.618 bn representing a 62% reduction.
“This will affect the operation of capital projects, postings and return entitlement of Ambassadors and officers, UNGA, AU and contribution to International Organisation etc, for the year 2019," Suleiman said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Russian embassy in Nigeria has said that six Russian sailors abducted by pirates near Benin's territorial waters in January have regained their freedom.
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The embassy said the sailors, who were abducted on Wednesday, January 2, during an attack against the container ship - The MSC Mandy, were released in Nigeria.
Legit.ng notes that the embassy said: “We confirm that the Russian sailors have been released. They are alive and well. Measures are being taken for their return home.”
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