In line with diplomatic practice across the globe, Nigeria Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in the process of finalizing the deployment of 48 newly confirmed career Ambassador-designates, subject to final approval via letter of credence by the Nigerian President.
According to diplomatic commentators, this long-overdue deployment requires expediency following the recall of current career diplomats who have either retired or come to the end of their tenure.
In a separate development, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced plans by the Federal Government to recommence the evacuation of Nigerian citizens stranded abroad since the beginning of the global lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With over 4,000 stranded Nigerians abroad, the Federal Government has designed a new protocol that will see to the evacuation of 1,000 Nigerians per week so as to clear the backlog.
This was disclosed by Dr.SaniAliyu, National Coordinator of the PTF while noting that the new batch of evacuees will be required to sign an undertaking, promising to abide by all safety precautions that the government has put in place in its new policy guidelines.
It may be recalled that the Federal Government in the past weeks announced the temporary suspension of the evacuation process to allow take-off of a new policy, according to Geoffrey Onyeama, the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The new policy guidelines were jointly designed by various agencies of government including Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Nigeria Immigration Service as well as the Aviation sector.