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Senate Mulls Nigeria's Foreign Policy Review

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  • Rejects Ammendment to NOUN Actf policy

Owing to recent global attacks and recurrent racial acts of violence inflicted on Nigerian citizens in various countries of the world  over time, the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria today called on the Executive to review Nigeria's  foreign policy objectives and ensure that its relations with other nations should positively impact on the lives of Nigerians across the globe.

This position was sequel to a motion by Senator Stella Oduah titled, ‘The Urgent Need to Re-Assess Nigeria’s Foreign Policy Objectives in Line with Emerging Economic Realities’, wherein she lamented Nigeria’s unchanged foreign policy that had been ‘invented by Tafawa Balewa’ in 1960 and to which succeeding administrations have only resorted to, which has lost touch with present realities.

Noting Nigeria’s dexterous international stance and pivotal contributions to the peace, security and wellbeing of other nations or regional territories such as its peace keeping missions and diplomatic conflict resolutions in the West Coast and Sub-saharan Africa, Senator Oduah decried the paradoxically disdainful treatment of Nigerians abroad.

‘So many of our nationals are being killed for reasons that are despicable. The xenophobic attack by South Africans against Nigerians who live and conduct businesses in their midst is still fresh in our minds. Moreso, from Kenya to the Maghreb and across Southern Africa, discrimination against and other non-nationals have been on the rise, as can be seen in various international media reports,’ she said.

It should be noted that since 1960, Nigeria has remained a major contributor of armed troops to other countries under the United Nations Peace keeping Operations.

President of the Senate, Olubukola Saraki in his contribution remarked that, ‘It is very important that our citizens abroad feel that the country cares for them.’

Consequently, the Senate mandated its Committee on Foreign Affairs to thoroughly investigate the maltreatment and killings of Nigerians abroad while taking ‘the Doctrine of Diplomatic Reciprocity’ into consideration and report back in four weeks.

It equally urged the Nigerian Government to ‘reassess her foreign policy objectives in a hostile, unstable and competitive global environment which operates on the principle of survival of the fittest to ensure that Nigerian investors/businessmen are accorded the right of first refusal especially in those countries where Nigeria fought tirelessly for their liberation, emancipation, freedom, peace and security’ and ‘imbibe Nigeria’s economic interest as vital component of our foreign policy objectives in countries where the nation invested her enormous human and material resources to restore security, peace, stability and democracy as the era of our 'Father Christmas' Diplomacy is certainly over.”

Also at  plenary , the Senate rejected a bill that sought to amend the National Open University Act by legitimizing the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) learning for the recognition of certificates awarded by the University.

Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu in his debate on the motion stated that the University Act had already captured the novel idea and that the decision should be left with the Universities' Senate to authenticate.

‘Mr Senate President, I have a copy of the Act of National Open University of Nigeria and except there was something else, if not I am not aware that the Universities are complaining of inadequacy of the Act’, Ekweremadu said.

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