Nigerian parliament issues conditions for expatriate quota

The Nigerian parliament on Thursday directed foreign oil and gas companies to seek the country's Content Development Management Board's approval before applying to the Ministry of Interior for expatriate quota.

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Emmanuel Ekon, Chaiman of the Nigerian House of Representatives on Local Content, gave the directive in Abuja, the nation’s capital city during a stakeholders meeting on expatriate quota for oil and gas companies.

The directive became necessary due to the persistent violation of the provisions of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act 2010 by the foreign firms, Ekon said.

According to him, many of the multinationals persistently violated the provisions of the Act, thereby failing to give full and fair opportunities to Nigerians in their award of contracts and recruitment.

He pointed out that most of the companies had no approval for the expatriates working for them.

He emphasized the need for the Ministry of Interior and the Nigerian Immigration Services (NIS) to see a copy of the board’s approval before issuing or renewing expatriate quotas.

In his remark, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, said that there was need for increased sensitization and enforcement of the law.

Kachukwu told his audience that the world had moved from monopolized employee status to global employee status, noting that there is need to ensure that the people who are sent to occupy positions are qualified to justify their positions. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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