President Buhari assigns countries to 47 career ambassadors

Aliyu Othman

President Muhammadu Buhari has assigned countries of postings to the 47 career ambassadors cleared by the Senate recently.

The Nigerian leader called on the new ambassadors to be prudent with scarce funds.

The listed ambassadors are:

1 Abia: Obinna Chukwuemeka Agbugba (Togo),

2. Adamawa: Salisu Umaru (Senegal),

3. Paragalda Ilyasu Audu (Turkey),

4Akwa Ibom: Inyan Udo-Inyang (Gabon),

5. Anambra: Okeke Vivian Nwunaku (Spain),

6. Nonye Udo (Austria);

7. Bauchi: Liman Munir (Congo),

8. Benue: Ndem Jane Ada (Sweden),

9. Demenongu A. Agev (Equatorial Guinea),

10. Borno: Mohammed Hassan Hassan (Kenya),

11. Toko Ali Gongulong (Sao Tome & Principe),

12. Lawan Abba Gashagar (Mali),

13. Cross River: Martin Nyong Cobham (Thailand),

14. Odeka Janet Bisong (Zimbabwe),

15. Delta: Omoleegho Olisa (Jamaica),

16. Edo: Itegboje S.Sunday (Permanent Mission in New York),

17. Queen I. Worlu (Cuba).

Others are:

18. Ekiti: Olatunde Adesesan (Angola),

19. Emmanuel Kayode Oguntause (Benin),

20. Enugu: Lilian Ijeukwu Onoh (Namibia),

21. FCT: Adamu Onoze Shuaibu (Rwanda),

22. Gombe: Manaja Tula Isah (Israel),

23. Habu Abubakar Gwani Ibrahim (Zambia),

24. Imo: Ngozi Ukaeje (Portugal),

25. Kenneth C. Nwachukwu (Cameroon),

26. Jigawa: Bello Kazaure Huessini (North Korea

27. Kaduna: Enoch Pear Duchi (Ireland),

28. Kano: Garba Baba (Poland),

29. Rabiu Akawu (Algeria),

30. Katsina: Usman Bakori Aliyu (China),

31 .Ibrahim Hamza (Iran),

32 .Kebbi: Umar Zainab Salisu (Botswana),

33. Kogi: Momoh Sheidu Omeiza (Liberia),

34. Kwara: Kadiri Ayinla Audu (Permanent Mission, Geneva) and

35. Olufemi Abikoye (Ghana).

The federal government also assigned:

36. Lagos: Balogun Hakeem ( Indonesia),

37 .Nasarawa: Inusa Ahmed (Ethiopia),

38. Niger: Ibrahim Isah (Australia),

39. Ogun: Bankole Adegboyega Adeoye (Belgium),

40. Sonaike Adekunbi Abibat (Philipines),

41. Osun: Ibidapo-Obe Oluwasegun (Port of Spain),

42. Oyo: Ogundero Sakirat (Washington),

43. River: Eric A. Bell-Gam (Argentina),

44. Sokoto: Attahiru Halliru (Niger),

45. Taraba: Rahmatu A. Dunama (Burkina Faso),

46. Yobe: Musa Saban Mamman (South Sudan),

47. Zamfara: Kabiru Bala (Mozambique).

Meanwhile, the federal government has approved the closure of nine foreign missions as part of its measures to reduce the cost of running Nigeria’s foreign representations due to the economic recession.

The government has also reduced the number of officers at foreign missions; stopped posting staff of home ministries to foreign missions and approved the training of foreign service officers to carry out multiple tasks, including administration, immigration, trade, culture and education related functions.