The Federal Government through the Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola, has moved to make sure that Expatriate Quota is strictly implemented and authorized in the country. This is coming as a result of the high rate of misuse by foreigners who have now taken job opportunities meant for Nigerians.
Rauf Aregbesola, said this on Wednesday while delivering a speech titled “Easing foreign direct investment without jeopardizing local content considerations” during a stakeholders’ meeting in Abuja.
Addressing the situation, he said that it is very essential for government to address abuse of Business Permit and Expatriate quota by foreigners that is now on a high pedestal.
He said that the situation has gotten out of hand, adding that, “Some of the abuses we have discovered are egregious. We have seen cases of expatriates fraudulently coming in to work as bricklayers, painters and even high-end consorts. Some also circumvent the rules by dubiously acquiring Nigerian citizenship through scam marriages.”
The minister further stated that an average of 30,000 expatriate quotas are being issued to about 4,000 companies yearly.
“I am happy to say that today brings about the realization of that dream. Let it be known that it is only when we all agree to get things done properly that we can begin the process of restructuring the administration of expatriate quotas. It is therefore my hope that at the end of this very important stakeholders’ meeting: that a brand new, well-articulated handbook on Expatriate Quota Administration would be produced. That the benefits and revenues accruable to the country would now begin to pour in and the teeming unemployed youth in Nigeria would have increased opportunities for employment through the understudy programme stipulated in the Expatriate Quota guideline,” He added.