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Salary crisis hits Nigerian embassy in Washington

Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed owing junior staff salaries at the Embassy in Washington DC, but the embassy has not been shut.

The ministry refuted reports that the its Embassy in Washington DC was shut down by workers over the non-payment of their salaries.

The spokesperson of the foreign affairs ministry, Mr. Clement Aduku, in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday confirmed that some junior workers were being owed salaries, but the embassy was not shut down as reported.

“The Ministry wishes to state that contrary to reports of shutdown, the embassy is functioning properly and discharging its statutory diplomatic and consular responsibilities,” he said.

Aduku, who admitted regrettably that there was a delay in the payment of salaries to some junior workers at the mission, however, stated that efforts were being made to address the matter with utmost urgency.

He appealed to the general public to feel free and go ahead in transaction of normal business with the embassy as it was never shut.

“”The Ministry of Foreign Affairs therefore wishes to assure the general public that the Embassy of Nigeria, Washington DC, USA, is open for day to day operational activities and can be accessed with ease for all official matters

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