…raise alarm over porous border
By Tordue Salem
ABUJA â€” The House of Representatives is to raise an investigative panel to look into alleged breaches of the expatriate quota by the Ministry of Interior for foreign workers in the petroleum and other sectors of the economy.
The Chairman, House Committee on Interior, Rep. Jerimon Manwe (PDP, Taraba) disclosed this yesterday at a â€œfamiliarisation oversightâ€ call on the Comptroller General of Nigerian Immigration Service, Mr. Okechukwu Udeh.
Rep. Manwe who was accompanied by his sub-committee Chairman on Immigrations, Rep. Warman Ogoriba (PDP Yenagoa/Bayelsa) and other members of the Committee, said the Committee had a damning report of several breaches of the expatriate quota by some companies and agencies operating in Nigeria .
â€œThere were several breaches of the expatriate quota that our Committee has discovered in some government establishments, but most especially the oil sector. Most of these expatriates that work in Nigeria donâ€™t even pay their taxes.
â€œWe have evidence of these breaches and very soon we are going to conduct an investigative hearing on the matter. We will be looking at what criteria the Nigerian Immigration Service and the Ministry of Interior use to issue expatriate quotasâ€
The Nigerian Immigration Service Act of 1963 as amended stipulates a specific quota for expatriates working or doing business in Nigeria.
The Chairman and members of his committee took turns to quiz the CG on the safety of the Countryâ€™s exit and entry ports, arising from suspicions that some foreigners were invading the Country through porous borders.
The Committee also queried the method used by the NIS to issue electronic passports to Nigerians living and working in the Diaspora.