The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has highlighted the positives that Nigeria stands to gain from having an expatriate quota regulation.
Aregbesola, who spoke during the re-inauguration of a special task force to monitor and evaluate Nigeria’s expatriate quota at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja, said the quota regulates social and cultural interaction and uses it to monitor the activities of foreigners in the country.
“It provides a documentary need for foreigner’s culture and well-being, creates job opportunities, commences audit from required documents from May 2019 to date, calculates all fines and penalty due, verifies compliance with all statutory returns as stipulated in the Immigration Regulations of 2017 and in the administration of guidelines issued by the ministry, verifies compliance with the mandatory training programme for Nigeria understudies, analyses feasibility studies submitted in support of all documents.”
Expatriate quota administration is a global practice through which innovation and development spread globally.
The permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Interior, Dr. Shuaib Belgore said the task force articulates the problem and, thus, will be able to produce a revised document on the administration of the quota for 2022. “This mandate must be carried out with national responsibility. The ministry is behind you and will provide all necessary support.”
In his response, the chairman of the task force, Hon. Bola Ilori called the ministry an “institution guided by principles” and assured that his committee has taken its time to work on the handbook that will guide the process for good governance.
“The process is governed by the proper administration and laws that can be enforced. After the expiration of the team Nigeria will have a workable handbook to pass onto the next administration,” he added.