Ministry of Foreign Affairs
|Ministry of Foreign Affairs|
The Ministry of Foreign of Affairs (MFA) is the statutory organ of Government charged with the responsibility for the formulation, articulation, and pursuit of Nigerian foreign policy trust and objectives. These objectives reflect the domestic, political, economic, techno1ogical, social and cultural aspirations of the Nigerian people.
The Ministry began as a Department in the Prime Minister’s office in 1957 with a core group twelve officers drawn from across the nation and humorously referred to as the" TWELVE APOSTLES." The first assignment of this nucleus group of foreign service officers was to serve as Third Secretaries and Vice-Consuls in various British embassies and Consular posts worldwide. With the attainment of independence in 1960, the Government established a separate ministry, which was called the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Commonwealth elations.
Prime Minister, Sir Tafawa Balewa personally took charge of the affairs of the Ministry and ran it, from his office. It was not until Nigeria attained the Republic status in 1963 that a substantive Foreign Minister was appointed in the person of late Dr. Jaja Wachukwu and the title of the Ministry changed to Ministry of External Affairs. Later in 1990, the nomenclature of the Ministry changed to Ministry of foreign Affairs.
The Ministry has had sixteen (16) Foreign Ministers from Dr. Jaja Wachukwu to Ambassador Oluyemi Adeniji, sixteen Ministers of State from Dr Abubakar Usman to Aihaji Abubakar A. Tanko and a total of eighteen (18) Permanent Secretaries from Ambassador L.O.U. Anionwu to Ambassador N.U.O Wadibia-Anyanwu, nmi. The personnel rose from an initial staff of twelve Foreign Service Officers in 1957 to close to two thousand staff at present apart from the staff of the Executive Cadre and the cadres of other services. It has fifty four (54) Directors, making it the largest in terms of Directors in the Federal Civil Service.
To build an efficient Directorate that is knowledge based, technology driven in service delivery in pursuit of Nigeria National interests, especially in fostering South-South Cooperation through the provision of Development Assistance to African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP).
Committed to the pursuit of implementing the provisions of the status as well as ensuring the attainment of the objectives of the Scheme, the Directorate of TAC which is a parastatal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for the overall management and general administration of the scheme; conduct of recruitment and orientation exercises for volunteers, deployment of volunteers to recipient countries and debriefing of volunteers on their final return to the country.
ROLE OF THE MINISTRY
The responsibilities of the Ministry as spelt out in chapter 2, section 19, of the Nigeria Constitution include:
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