President Buhari Signs Executive Order Against Visas For Foreign Professionals
President Muhammadu Buhari has signed an Executive Order stopping the continuous influx of expatriates into the country in order to help the growth of local professionals.
This new order was signed yesterday, the 5th of February in the Aso Villa by the President. The order also contains executive instructions to Ministries, Departments and Agencies, stopping them from seeking foreign solutions to local problems. However, the order also leaves a space to call foreign professionals where Nigerians do not have the requisite skills to do the job.
In a series of tweets on Micro-blogging handle, Twitter, the Presidency revealed its decision to help the growth of local industries by signing an Executive Order that places Nigerian professionals in a great advantage in seeking for technological contracts.
President @MBuhari today signed Executive Order 5 to improve local content in public procurement with science, engineering and technology components. The EO is expected to promote the application of science, tech and innovation towards achieving Nigeria’s development goals.
The Executive Order also prohibits the Ministry of Interior from giving visas to foreign workers whose skills are readily available in Nigeria.
It, however, notes that where expertise is lacking, procuring entities will give preference to foreign companies and firms with a demonstrable and verifiable plan for indigenous development, prior to the award of such contracts.
In the Executive Order the President also directed Ministries, Departments and Agencies to engage indigenous professionals in the planning, design and execution of national security projects.