President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, January 13, approved the postings of ambassador-designates to Nigerian Missions abroad.
1st News had reported six months ago that the Nigerian Senate confirmed the nomination of the envoys.
While 43 of them are career ambassadors, 52 are non-career ambassadors.
However, in a statement on Tuesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Permanent Secretary, Amb. Gabriel Aduda announced that the positing of the envoys has received the approval of Buhari.
Buhari said requesting an agreement from the prospective host countries has started.
“There will be an induction course for the Ambassador-designates and their spouses; which will hold on a date to be announced shortly to prepare; and facilitate the movement of the envoys to their respective missions,” Aduda said.
Meanwhile, the Director-General of the Budget Office, Ben Akabueze, on Tuesday, January 12, revealed plans by the Federal Government to vaccinate 103 million Nigerians or 50 percent of the country’s total population for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Akabueze gave this COVID-19 vaccination breakdown during a budget review in Abuja.
1st News had reported that the National Assembly reviewed upward the 2021 budget by N500 billion to accommodate the purchase and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines in Nigeria.
Akabueze said the government would pay for the COVID-19 vaccination of about 50 percent of the population; in order to achieve herd immunity.
He said: “There is a global alliance to support economically weak nations with vaccines. Our understanding of the current plan is that we will be getting vaccine donations; to cover up to 20 percent of our population.
“But the global standards say that to achieve herd immunity you have to vaccine at least 70 percent of the population; and so there is a 50 percent of the population that we may be required to pay for their own vaccination.”
The director, however, assured Nigerians that the government would do whatever it takes to protect the health of citizens and the economy.
“Already, there is an inter-ministerial committee looking at this matters; and the assurance is that government will do whatever is needful to keep the citizens and economy safe; even if it means coming back with a supplementary budget,” he added.