The Federal Authorities on Thursday unveiled nine priority areas of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second-term administration, stressing that these areas are encapsulated in ‘Nigeria First’ as the new foreign policy thrust of the federal government.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, made this identified whereas briefing the diplomatic corps in Abuja in Thursday. He famous that the important thing areas embody: constructing a virile financial system, enlarging agricultural output, vitality sufficiency, growth of transport and infrastructure, amongst others as the new focus of the administration.
The Minister informed the worldwide neighborhood that through the first time period of President Muhammadu Buhari, safety, battle in opposition to corruption and job creation had been the priority areas of the administration. He added that the second time period of President Buhari could be increasing the main target which might information the policy route over the subsequent 4 years.
“This second mandate, we now have nine priority areas the federal government has recognized. And these are to information our policy route over the subsequent 4 years.
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“One is building a thriving and sustainable economy; enlarging agricultural output for food security and export; attain energy sufficiency and power and petroleum products; expand transport and other infrastructure development; expand business growth, entrepreneurship and industrialisation; expand access to quality education, affordable healthcare and productivity of Nigerians; enhance social inclusion, reduce poverty, build systems to fight corruption; improve governance and create social cohesion and improve security for all,” Onyeama mentioned.
Onyeama said additional that the federal government would pursue a practical foreign policy that may replicate home realities of the nation.
“So, you can also call it a ‘Nigeria First Policy’. But that will not be very original because I think somebody else might want to claim a copyright on using first for a country having interest or promotion of foreign policy. But basically, it is going to be a ‘Nigeria First Foreign Policy,” Onyeama added.
The Minister famous that if the nation adopted a concentric circle methodology, the nation might say that its first priority could be Nigeria’s contiguous neighbours such as Benin, Cameroon, Chad and Niger which share border with Nigeria. He added that with these nations, “we are allies in the battle to defeat terrorism,” stressing that the battle was an existential battle.
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Onyeama additionally mentioned Nigeria was absolutely dedicated to sub-regional integration with the Financial Group of West African States (ECOWAS). He famous that the safety, social, financial, political and judicial constructing blocs had been properly established and the mixing programme was progressing steadily.
On the continental stage, Onyeama said that Nigeria additionally absolutely engaged with the African Union imaginative and prescient of an built-in Africa.
On the conduct of the diplomatic corps within the nation, the Minister informed the ambassadors and heads of missions accredited to the nation to all the time interact the nation via the conventional diplomatic channels.
He identified that some diplomats had been reported to have gone into areas which might be thought of delicate for political or safety causes for functions that aren’t all the time very clear.
“We would caution you against such forays and we advise prior consultation with the Ministry before you send a colleague or you go to some of these areas. And it is also for your own safety and the safety of your colleagues,” Onyeama cautioned.
He suggested the envoys to always abide by diplomatic protocols and now have all diplomatic engagements with the federal government first via the foreign ministry as a substitute of the perspective of referring some points on to the Presidency and on the state stage as a few of them have executed earlier than.