- Godswill Akpabio has called on his colleagues at the Senate to rescue Nigeria's foreign missions abroad
- Akpabio related his personal experience as governor of Akwa Ibom state to illustrate the challenge he calls an embarrassment
- The Senate minority leader said many staff have resorted to unethical practices to make ends meet
Former governor of Akwa Ibom state, Godswill Akpabio, has reportedly claimed that Nigeria has the worst foreign missions in the world.
Akpabio, who is the current minority leader of the Senate, attributed this challenge to the under-funding of Nigeria’s embassies abroad.
He described the situation as a huge embarrassment for the country.
Akpabio, who was contributing to the debate on the state of Nigeria’s foreign missions, gave personal experiences of when he hosted by some ambassadors as governor.
He said he learnt that embassy staff were not treated well as salaries were owed, rents not paid and that because of lack of fund, children of workers are withdrawn from schools.
Akpabio reportedly said: “Mr President, distinguished colleagues, I could recall that when I was governor of Akwa Ibom state, I was hosted by some foreign missions and I discovered that even salaries are owed them.
“In some places, Nigeria government could not pay it’s rents and they have to pack out and stayed in boys quarters. Children of some embassy staff have to be withdrawn from schools.”
The senator said as a result of the challenge, the staff now take their frustrations on investors seeking international passports. They make money from the investors to keep body and soul going.
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He pleaded with his colleagues at the Senate to help save the country from further embarrassments by doing what is expected.
NAIJ.com reported earlier that the federal government on Sunday, October 1, said it released additional support of N1.64 trillion to states and local governments between 2015 and 2017 as part of measures to stabilize the polity.
President Muhammadu Buhari revealed this in a broadcast to commemorate Nigeria’s 57th Independence anniversary on Sunday in Abuja.
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