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The House of Representatives is looking forward to restricting foreigners from executing projects Nigerians are capable of handling.
They tend to do this by amending the Immigration Act 2015 to stop giving foreigners work permit.
This bill was proposed by the house of representatives speaker, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila and has scaled through the first reading on July 2019.
In 2016, the restriction was proposed but is now been reconsidered as, “A Bill for an Act to Amend the Immigration Act 2015 to Make Further Provisions to Restrict and Regulate the Issuance of Work Permit to Foreign Nationals and Other Related Matters.”
The speaker, while explaining his proposal said, the bill hopes to amend the Immigration Act to ensure the stop and monitoring as well as the giving of work permits to expatriates, which would lead to a provision of jobs for Nigerians.”
If this bill is successfully passed by the house and signed into law by Mr President, the amendment to section 38, subsection 4 will read as: “Notwithstanding any other provision in this section, this Act or in any other enactment, no foreign national shall be granted a work permit in Nigeria unless the employer(s) has shown to the Comptroller-General of Immigration that he has sought applications from qualified Nigerians in that same position for which the foreign national/expatriate is being employed and no Nigerian possesses the requisite knowledge or is willing to work in that area of specialisation or interest.”
Subsection 5 will read as: “Any person of foreign nationals, who immediately before the coming into force of this Act, is working in Nigeria may have his work permit revoked by the Comptroller-General of Immigration and deportation order issued against such person; and any person to whom this section applies, who is employed in Nigeria shall, on ceasing for any reason to be so employed, be deemed to be a prohibited immigrant as from the date of the expiration of his permit and the person who employed him shall be liable to pay all costs and incidental expenses for the repatriation of the prohibited immigrant and of his dependents.”
The subsection 6 of the amendment will be, “Any person or officer who either by himself or in collusion with any other person does any act or engage in any activity to breach the provisions of this section shall on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding N2,000,000 or five years imprisonment or both as the court may deem fit. For the purpose of this section, any person being a company or association shall be deemed to be in Nigeria if carrying out work therein.”
The bill is still pending Akbar the time of reporting and we hope it won’t elude till another tenure just as the initial proposal was delayed for 3 years before been reviewed in July 2019.