President Muhammadu Buhari has been advised to slash the number of and appoint honorary consuls to countries.
The advise was given by Mr Oluwole Lawal, Honorary Consul of Malta in Nigeria. According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Lawal said that appointing honorary consuls would reduce the huge cost of establishing foreign missions.
He added that the government needs to take advantage of consuls, whose services were “pro-bono,” especially at a time there is a need for a cut in government spending.
“President Buhari should try to reduce the number of ambassadors being sent to other countries and engage honorary consuls as being done by the UK, U.S. and Asian countries.
“This way, the government will reduce the cost of opening new missions abroad as well as the cost of maintaining these missions,’’ he reasoned.
Lawal also said that the use of consuls will make the country have more diplomatic representation around the world.