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The newly appointed Nigerian ambassador to Hungary, Mr. Charles Ononye,
has promised Nigerians living in the country that their welfare is of the utmost
importance – both to the embassy and the Nigerian government in general.
Ononye disclosed this and many other pressing issues during a cocktail held in
celebration of the presentation of his Letters of Credence to the Hungarian
president on August 18 at Hilton Hotel in Budapest District 1
Although the cocktail and the presentation of Letters of Credence were done
separately, the new ambassador used the event to reach out to both Nigerian
professionals as well as Hungarian experts whom he believed could lend
helping hand in various sectors of the Nigerian economy which he described as
the priority of Jonathan Goodluck's administration.
"We are here specifically to take care of the interest of Nigerians,” he said,
adding that there's no need to be physically present in Nigeria before making
their presence felt.
Addressing the gathering, Ononye reminded Nigerians in Hungary that they are
all ambassadors of Nigeria and that whatever they do impact on ‘our country
positively or negatively’.
A career diplomat who has served his country in different capacity for almost 32
years, the ambassador assured that he would maintain an open door policy in
line with Nigerian president’s plan to reach out to Nigerians wherever they are.
His words: "My officers cannot do it alone. We partner with you. You represent
diverse professional sectors, so we need your services. So I urge you to keep
in contact and we will keep in contact with you. It is a two-way traffic. Whatever
in put you have, your ideas are always welcome.
The instruction from Mr. President is very clear: Reach out to Nigerians; tap
from them whatever resources they have. Whatever they can render to lift up
In the same manner, the new ambassador enjoined the Hungarian private
sector as well as experts to ’partner with Nigeria in the areas of energy, health,
education, communication and water resources’.
Ononye however admitted that Nigeria has problems of energy and
infrastructural development especially what he called the "slow electric
generation" which obviously affecting advancement in technology. But he
quickly added that all hands must be on deck to tackle the energy sector which
will invariably energise others.
Describing Hungary as the centre of excellence, he said that Hungary and
Nigeria’s relationship should be strong and firm because there are many areas
where the Hungarian private sectors can be useful to the economy of Nigeria.
Also describing his new position as a landmark in his diplomatic career,
Ononye told the gathering that his administration definitely welcome
constructive criticism as well as ideas and opinions that will contribute to the
progress of Nigeria.
Meanwhile, African News Hungary spoke with Nigerians on the substance of
the ambassador’s speech.
“The speech is good,” said Mr. Oluremi Durosaiye, Senior Corporate
Relationship Manger at K & H Bank. However he pointed out that he had
heard several good speeches not backed up with action, but hoped this one
would be different.
In his own assessment, Dr. John Sessi, Managing Director FROMM Packaging
System, explained that the new ambassador has the punch to deliver. He said
that he based his remark on both the context of the speech as well as his brief
interaction with him.
“I think he has the best of intention,” he affirmed, adding that the ball is now on
our court to do the follow up which would eventually facilitate the mutual
Ononye who graduated from the University of Nsukka with 2nd class degree in
Political Science in 1978, becomes the fifth Nigerian ambassador to Hungary
since the embassy was opened in 1992 after twenty-eight years of the
establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Hakeem Babalola is the Managing Editor, African News Hungary
By Hakeem Babalola
African Examiner | Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Ambassador promises welfare of citizens living in
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