It has been revealed that the Nigeria Immigration Service has said that it will not allow foreign companies operating in the country to flood their organisations with foreigners without first employing enough Nigerians in a bid to cushion the effect of the recession on citizens all over the nation.
The NIS, has according to report stated that it had intensified individual search of international companies that usually employ expatriates at the expense of Nigerians, adding that from 2017, it would not allow the importation of labour from abroad.
Mohammed Babandede, the Comptroller-General, NIS, disclosed this in Abuja on the sidelines of an Information and Communications Technology Capacity Building Programme for 500 immigration officers sponsored by Huawei Technologies.
He said, “Nigeria, at this time, wants good money invested in it. But the most important thing is that we want to be able to provide work first for our citizens. We are passing through a difficult time, where work is very important. We will not allow companies that will bring labour force, all from abroad, without giving opportunities to Nigerians to work.
“We will intensify our efforts and set up a lot of mechanism this year, and by 2017, we will do a thorough search of individual companies to make sure each expatriate, especially in the technical field, has somebody under-studying him, who is a Nigerian.
“This will increase opportunities for work in the country. We need good brains so that technology can be transferred, not people that will come with empty briefcases and go away with money from Nigeria.”
The controller also revealed that the NIS might increase the cost of passports as the current price was no longer sustainable.
“You will agree with me that (the costs of) air tickets have doubled in this country. You are aware that a lot of things have changed, but the passport fees have not changed. We cannot afford to service the passport with these current charges,” he said.
Mr. Tank Liteng, the Managing Director, Huawei Abuja Office, while speaking on the training, explained that the exercise was being conducted in batches of 50 immigration officers per session at nine different locations that include Abuja, Lagos, Kaduna, Bauchi, Minna, Owerri, Ibadan, Benin, and Makurdi.
He said, “A detailed evaluation of the requirement of the NIS necessitated the course outline of this training programme, which is facilitated by Huawei experts with actual practical experiences.”
“The aim is to help trainees obtain the right competencies and skills that match different positions in organisations. We believe this programme will also reshape the workflow of the NIS by increasing efficiency of trainees as the process of manual work will give way to digital.”