2019 governorship aspirant of Delta under the All Progressive Congress (APC), Sunny Ofehe has admonished the Federal Government not to close down the country’s embassies in order not to affect the economy.
Ofehe, who is the Founder and Executive Director of Hope for Niger Delta Campaign stated this on Thursday in Abuja, where he reiterated the need for the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to review some of activities and relation with their foreign partner before embarking on such decision.
‘’A country like Nigerian that enjoys this robust global acceptability and respect must not compromise and diminish its international diplomatic posture before the world.
”It is therefore imperative that as a country, we must ensure adequate representation in global affairs and at the same time serve our citizens and promote our core socio-economic values around the world.
‘’I clearly understand the challenges that our economy back home is facing but you must remember that these problems are peculiar with all countries around the world today.
He also said that foreign embassies play a key role in assisting developing nation that would require foreign direct investments and increased market access for their goods and services to help grow the economy.
”In spite of the need to cut spending and prioritise government expenditure, we must set our priorities straight.’’
‘’At a time Nigeria is facing issues such as poverty, serious income inequality, battered economy and poor quality of life for average citizens, it can be quite difficult to justify the allocation of limited government funds to maintaining embassies.
”I am aware that our embassies usually send profile of foreign companies willing to invest and do business in Nigeria to the relevant ministries and government agencies after properly vetting the legality and legitimacy of such companies.’’