Abuja, Nigeria - The Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thursday said that henceforth, activities of Nigerian diplomats across the globe would now be thrown open for direct public scrutiny.
The new policy, which is a new approach towards making the ordinary Nigerian understand how the nation’s foreign policy affects his or her life, is expected to hold Nigerian diplomats accountable on how far and how best they have succeeded in discharging the mandate given to them.
Activities of Nigerian diplomats had hitherto been shrouded in secrecy with little impact on the citizens.
Presenting the annual report of the Ministry in Abuja, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru, said that Nigeria would gain if the ministry's open audit brings about a change of perception and makes the nation’s practice of foreign policy become more relevant to the lives of Nigerians.
Admitted that Nigerians are intrigued and unsure of the foreign ministry’s role in national development, Ambassador Ashiru stated this may have been caused by the very nature of diplomacy itself as well as insufficient knowledge about the activities and role of the ministry and its missions abroad.
He said the publication of the annual report has become a clear signal that their activities are now open for public scrutiny.
Ashiru said the fresh foreign policy goals now being thrown open for participation in the public interest include an aggressive pursuit of foreign direct investments, transfer of skills and technological know-how from friends, partners and Nigerians in the diaspora.
On specific issues, the minister also stressed that in maintaining Nigeria’s foreign policy, strategic partnership have been sought with the rest of the world particularly those with huge potentials for the realisation of Nigeria’s economic and social objectives.