FG Stop the Abuse of “Expatriate Quota“ by Foreigners in Nigeria


Dr. Chris Ngige

The Federal Government has finally put a to stop the abuse of the expatriate quota by foreigners in the country.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, said that the ministry was liaising with the Ministry of Interior to stop the abuse of the nation’s immigration laws.

Ngige was quoted as having made the comment in a meeting with the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria and the contractors in the oil and gas sector, in an email by the Deputy Director, Press at the Ministry of Labour, Mr. Samuel Olowookere, on Wednesday.

“Speaking on the vexed expatriate quota issue, the Minister said the ministry was already in liaison with the Ministry of Interior to check the abuse of the nation’s immigration/Labour laws and promised that the displacement of qualified Nigerians by foreigners would soon become a thing of the past,” the statement read in part.

Ngige also restated the Federal Government’s position that it would not allow job losses in the nation’s oil sector.

He said that the Buhari Administration would not allow job losses in the nation’s oil sector and that all threats to existing jobs should be nipped in the bud.

Ngige explained that he had to summon the meeting because of petitions he received on employment-related issues and the abuse of the Nigerian worker and for emerging issues to be resolved after which a stakeholders’ summit would be held.

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