- Some foreign affairs ministry officials are said to be behind the alleged plan to starve diplomatic missions of funds and enrich themselves from the left-overs
- The plan reportedly includes refusing funding approvals to diplomatic missions and cutting down on the financial requests
- At least 60 diplomatic missions have been slotted into the plan with only Washington DC mission left out after protests by its staff
Sahara Reporters has accused some officials of the Nigerian foreign affairs ministry of creating a grand plan to block the funding of the country’s diplomatic missions abroad.
According to a report by the online news platform, some officials of the ministry have given unto themselves the right to prevent funds being sent to the embassies from getting there.
The report claims that the scheme is allegedly operated mainly by Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Sola Enikanolaiye.
The perm sec is said to be allegedly working with support of the Director of Finance and Accounts (DFA).
The scheme, Sahara Reporters said, is allegedly aimed at cornering excess funds for those involved.
It said the perm sec and the DFA have refused to approve that funds be sent to 60 diplomatic missions.
It quoted insiders as saying only the Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC, United States has had funds approved for it and this was because the workers embarked on industrial action to demand payment of their salaries.
It was further gathered that the DFA has been instructed by the Permanent Secretary to reduce to the lowest amount funds to be approved for diplomatic missions.
It quoted an unnamed senior accountant in the department, as saying that the DFA specifically directed staff of the department to make sure that they cut down on funds requested for by diplomatic missions.
NAIJ.com had reported earlier that there were indications that a major fraud is ongoing in the ministry of foreign affairs.
According to the report, the fraud happens through diversion and misuse of millions of dollars allocated to cover shortfalls in the over 100 embassies and consular offices.
This is said to be suffocating Nigeria's diplomatic missions abroad financially as there are no funds to remain operational.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV video of a Nigerian man harshly criticizing the Nigerian government