Nigeria has 119 foreign missions
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama told journalists on Thursday in Abuja that the federal government has given permission for the closure of five foreign missions and embassies.
He said the ministry does not want to disclose the affected embassies yet because process for the closure was ongoing and awaits the president’s approval.
“We do not want to indicate the embassies that will be closed yet because we are in the process of submitting the proposals, the cost analysis and also the political analysis we did to the president.
“When he sees that, he may or may not want to close some, so we have not yet reached the stage of closing some,” he said.
“The expense, costs of closing embassies is so high and prohibitive but in the long run it will more economical.”
Onyeama said, “The government is following up on that and we have sort of prepared the roadmap; we have started the implementation of that and made also recommendations in that context.
“Paradoxically, closing missions is extremely expensive. At first sight it seems obvious that you close it you are saving cost but you will actually find that the cost of closing is almost prohibitive.”