The Federal Government has vowed to blacklist firms that do not cooperate with the country’s expatriate policies.
A special permission given to international or local businesses to employ foreigners to work in Nigeria is the Nigerian Expatriate Company Permit and Expatriate Quota. In accordance with section 36(1) of the Immigration Act, the Ministry of Interior is saddled with responsibility.
In a statement following a meeting in Osogbo, Osun State, with members of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigeria Labor Congress, Nigerian Bar Association, Nigerian Society of Engineers, the chairman of the Special Ministerial Task Force on Supervision and Regulation of Nigerian Expatriate Company Permit and Expatriate Quota Administration, Bola Ilori accused some firms in Nigeria of rigging the system.
He observed that some businesses opt for secondary school diploma holders in an attempt to receive their international expatriate renewal permit instead of hiring eligible Nigerians to understudy the expatriates.
“The problem is that some of these companies are either not employing Nigerians at all or using school certificate holders to be understudying expatriates who are managers. How can a school certificate holder understudy a manager?” He asked.
Ilori said that henceforth, “Every company must submit the details of Nigerians understudying expatriates in their organisations.”
He added that they must “submit the Tax Identification Number, National Identity Number of each Nigerian understudying expatriates in their companies.”