Senate Seeks To Partner Immigration

Filed in News by on November 17, 2017

The Senate Committee on Local Content has called on the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to partner the Senate in ensuring that the Local Content Act is strictly applied in expatriate quota.

According to the committee, the move will secure employment for Nigerians and prevent transfer of foreign exchange in the name of engaging foreign experts.

Speaking during a working visit to NIS Headquarters in Abuja, Chairman of the committee Senator Solomon Adeola (APC, Lagos West) said the Eighth Senate would see that the Local Content Act of 2010 is fully enforced in the oil and gas industry.

The senator said it would ensure Nigerians were employed in the industry.

Adeola added that the committee will amend the Act to cover other areas where foreigners deprive Nigerians of jobs and capital flight.

The senator said the expertise of NIS would be needed when the committee visits companies covered by the Act, adding that qualified graduates in oil and gas are roaming the streets without jobs whereas expatriates are collecting fat salaries on jobs that Nigerians can conveniently undertake.

Comptroller General of Immigration Mohammed Babandede said youth agitation in Niger Delta could be solved by effective implementation of Local Content Act since expatriates are taken over jobs that could be done by locals.

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