Twenty-five ambassadors designate newly appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday received their letters of credence.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama who presented the letters to the diplomats cautioned them to be financially prudent in their countries of the mission.
According to him, Nigeria’s resources are lean at the moment, hence the need for them to be financially disciplined.
Onyeama also charged the diplomats to consider themselves as economic ambassadors whose responsibilities include attracting investments into Nigeria, just as he called on them to represent the country in a manner that promotes its positive image.
Thirteen of those presented with the letter of credence are ambassadors designate, while twelve are deputy ambassadors designate.
Ninety-five career ambassadors and non-career ambassadors-designate are to be posted to various Nigerian missions abroad, the Federal Government has said.
This follows the approval of the posting of the envoys by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday by its Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Gabriel Aduda.
While Aduda did not state when the President gave the approval, he noted that those to be posted included 43 career ambassadors and 52 non-career ambassadors.
He said following the development, the government has already commenced the process of requesting Agrément from the prospective host countries.
The permanent secretary revealed that the ministry would organise an induction course for the ambassadors-designate and their spouses.
He explained that the event which would hold on a date to be announced soon was to prepare and facilitate the movement of the ambassadors-designate to their respective missions.
This comes about nine months after President Buhari nominated 42 career ambassadors-designate to the Senate for confirmation.
In a letter dated May 6, 2020, the President informed the lawmakers that his request was in accordance with section 171 (1),(2)(c), and subsection (4) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.
“I have the honour to forward for confirmation by the Senate, the under-listed forty-two (42) names of nominees as Career Ambassadors-Designate,” he had said in the letter.
The ambassadors-designate who were nominated included C.O Nwachukwu; A. Kafas, R. U. Brown, G. A. Odudigbo, O. C. Onowu, Y. S. Suleiman, E. S. Agbana, B. B. M. Okoyen, G. M. Okoko, A. M. Garba, M. l. Bashir, M. O. Abam, A. E. Allotey, G. E. Edokpa, and A. N. Madubuike.
Others are Adamu Lamuwa, Innocent lwejuo, M. S. Abubakar, Y. A. Ahmed, S. D. Umar, A. Sule, G. Y. Hamza, N. Rimi, L S. Ahmed-Remawa, M. Manu, l. R. Ocheni, l. A. Yusuf, M. Abdulraheem, W. A. Adedeji, and A. U. Ogah.
Also among the ambassadors-designate are A. A. Musa, N. A. Kolo, S. O. Olaniyan, A. R. Adejola, E. Awe, O. Aluko, I. A. Alatishe, V. A. Adeleke, M. S. Adamu, l. N. Charles, Z M. lfu, and B. B. Hamman.
In another letter dated July 1, 2020, the President asked the Senate to confirm one career ambassador-designate and 39 non-career ambassadors- designate.
The Senate has confirmed the appointment of 40 persons to serve as ambassadors of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The nominees comprise 39 Non-Career Ambassadors and one Career Ambassador respectively.
This was confirmed in a statement issued on Wednesday by the Special Assistant to President of the Senate, Ezrel Tabiowo.
According to the state, President Muhammadu Buhari on July 1 in a letter requested the upper chamber to confirm the appointment of 41 Non-Career Ambassador-designate.
They are Umar Suleiman (Adamawa), Kelvin Peter (Adamawa); John Usanga (Akwa Ibom); Elejah Onyeagba (Anambra); Abubakar D. Ibrahim Siyi (Bauchi); Philip K. Ikurusi (Bayelsa); Tarzcor Terhemen (Benue); Paul Oga Adikwu (Benue) and Al-Bishir Ibrahim Al-Hussain (Borno).
Others include Monique Ekpong (Cross River); Oma Djebah (Delta); Ominyi N. Eze, Ebonyi (Ebonyi); Yamah Mohammed Musa (Edo); Maj. Gen. C. O. Ugwu (Enugu); and Dr. Hajara I. Salim (Gombe).
President Muhammadu Buhari says the Federal Government is doing its best to correct and reverse the terrible mismanagement the country has experienced in the past.
He said this on Wednesday when he received a delegation of non-career ambassadors, who came to the State House, Abuja, to congratulate him on his re-election, adding that he believes that “with some luck, our best will be good enough.”
He was quoted as saying this in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
President Buhari further stated that Nigeria was trying to live within her means, “so we can improve our lot,” adding that government was determined to upgrade the country’s profile, both locally and internationally.
He noted that it would be inexcusable for government not to take care of its Ambassadors in their various stations, hence the special attention being paid to the country’s foreign missions.
In response, Ambassador Ashimiyu Olaniyi, who spoke on behalf of delegation said the President’s election in 2015, and his recent re-election, are divine interventions in the affairs of the country.
“You are God-sent. You have always come on stage at the critical moments of our national history to right the wrongs of the past,” Olaniyi said.
He added that the President would be remembered “as an astute political leader who does not interfere in the political affairs of states,” noting that the singular quality has given credibility to all elections conducted since 2015.
The delegation submitted that apart from records of achievements in the three focal areas of securing the country, reviving the economy, and fighting corruption, his “integrity” is responsible for his victory.
The ambassadors appreciated the intervention funds that were released to various missions abroad, and pledged continued loyalty and support to the Buhari administration.
Governor of Cross River State, Prof Ben Ayade, has disclosed that no fewer than 15 governors, ambassadors and other top government functionaries are expected to participate in the December 28 event at the Carnival Calabar 2016.
Ayade disclosed this to newsmen at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar shortly on arrival from the maiden edition of Imo carnival held in Owerri, the Imo State capital, were he and over 250 carnival troupe from Cross River State participated.
The Governor described the synergy as a welcome development as it will promote healthy competition, confirming that “a lot of governors have indicated that they will be here for our carnival this year.”
Offering further insight on his participation in the maiden Imo carnival, Ayade explained that, “Rochas thought it was wise for me to participate in the Imo Carnival to add value to the event as well as offer them the opportunity to learn from the masters themselves”, adding that with this kind of synergy and collaboration, “you will see the carnival taking a different level”.
Ayade who was not unmindful of the fact that Imo Carnival is starting stronger and may likely become a brand to reckon with said: “I have no fear in my mind that with the way Governor Rochas Okorocha is going, he is definitely going to give Carnival Calabar a big fight in the next one or two years.
“Like I promised Nigerians and indeed tourists all over the world, this year’s Carnival will be something to remember because of its rich content and it is taking a different dimension.
“As we speak, I just received a message from an international agency which will be revealed”.
Ayade further said: “With all these taking place, Cross River will soon become a final signature not just for Carnival but for tourism in sub-Saharan Africa which is why we taught it wise to build a special tourism city known as Calas Vegas to be sited in Calabar twin island to complement these efforts to attract more visitors”.
The Nigerian Senate has directed its Committee on Foreign Affairs to begin the screening of career ambassadors.
The directive was given on Wednesday during a session at the floor of the upper house of the National Assembly in Abuja.
The lawmakers said they made the resolve even though the committee’s report revealed that officers from Ebonyi, Ondo, Bayelsa and Plateau states failed to meet up with criteria for selection.
The Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, which treated not less than 37 petitions disclosed that the Secretary to Government of Federation, Mr Babachir Lawal, had expressed strong will that President Muhammadu Buhari would ensure that each state of the federation was represented in line with the principles of federal character.
Presenting the report, the Vice Chairman of the committee, Senator Shehu Sani, briefed the lawmakers on the late submission of the list of the career nominees.
He attributed the delay to the late appointment of the principal officers and the cabinet ministers, most of which came late 2015.
The Senate has received a list of 47 ambassadorial nominees from President Muhammadu Buhari.
President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, who confirmed the receipt of the names said that the nominees are all career civil servants and promised that screening and confirmation of the nominees will commence soon.
The names of the nominees are yet to be made public.
EME singer Ayo Balogun popularly known as Wizkid and Mavin Records first lady Tiwa Savage, have officially been unveiled as the Ambassadors of Pepsi.
The announcement was made during the week at popular club Liquid Lounge in Victoria Island. The event drew fans and friends of the celebrities, including dance queen Kaffy, Vector, Durella amongst others.
The two celebrities have joined Ashionoye and Lynxx who are also Ambassadors of Pepsi.
Wizkid will also be representing the brand for its Blue, Bold & Beautiful campaign.
Reports say they are both currently working on the TV commercials.