Reps consider restricting expatriates from taking Nigerian jobs

With the increasing threat of foreigners taking jobs Nigerians are qualified for, the lower chamber of the National Assembly is considering creating legal framework to prevent it from happening.

The House of Representatives is therefore proposing an amendment to the Immigration Act 2015 to restrict the issuance of work permit to foreigners.

This is contained in a bill sponsored by the Speaker, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, which passed first reading in July 2019.

The bill had earlier been presented to the 8th National Assembly in 2016 but is now being revisited and entitled, ‘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.’

Gbajabiamila, in the explanatory note, said, “This bill seeks to amend the Immigration Act to make further provisions restrict and regulate the issuance of work permit to foreign nationals and expatriates, thereby creating employment for the Nigerian youth.”

The bill particularly seeks to amend Section 38 of the Immigration Act by deleting the existing sub-sections 4, 5 and 6 and creating new sub-sections 4, 5, 6 and 7.

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