- Some foreigners seeking to take up engineering roles in Nigeria will no longer have that opportunity
- The federal government has restricted issuance of visas for such purpose
- The government said it made the decision in order to create more jobs for Nigerians and improve local content
The restriction of the issuance of visas to foreigners seeking to take up engineering roles in Nigeria has commenced.
Punch reports that the federal government, which commenced the restriction, made this disclosure on Tuesday, August 7. According to the government, the decision was made in order to create more jobs for Nigerians and improve local content.
NAIJ.com gathers that the government also approved two key regulations for Nigeria's engineering/construction sector.
The approved regulations include: Regulation on Licensing of Engineering Firms and Regulation on Construction Industry.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who was to speak at the 27th Engineering Assembly of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, was represented by the minister of water resources, Suleiman Adamu.
He said: “I recently signed the Executive Order 5, which states that procuring authorities shall give preference to Nigerian companies and firms in the award of contracts, in line with the Public Procurement Act 2007.
“The implementation of this order has started and as expected some of its attendant benefits, including the promotion of science, technology and innovation in several centres of the economy, are beginning to manifest.
“Directly connected to these benefits is the fact that the ministry of interior has now restricted issuing visas to foreigners seeking to take up engineering roles in the country. Overall, the proclamation of Executive Order 5, meant to improve local content and free up more jobs to Nigerians and give them increased access to procurement opportunities, is achieving its intended purpose.
“There is a disturbing gap between engineers trained in Nigeria and those trained abroad. Hence the need for universities to churn out quality and well-trained professionals."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Nigeria Immigration Service suspended the issuance of biometric visa-on-arrival to foreigners arriving into the country indefinitely.
A reliable source said that the biometric visa-on-arrival, which costs foreigners $110, was introduced on June 12, but was suspended a day later due to controversies concerning the charges.
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