The minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said the federal government will soon begin the enforcement of existing immigration laws that allow only foreigners with the requisite residency and work permits to live and work in the country.
Premium Times reports that the minister made the disclosure in Lagos on Thursday, February 21, at a special event organised in his honour tagged BRF GABFEST.
Continentour.com.ng gathers that Fashola stated that audit of foreigners working at various work sites and businesses across the country were being undertaken by the government.
He said the audit would determine the determine the population of foreigners working in the country without a valid work permit.
Fashola said: “Every foreigner who has the work permit to come to Nigeria legally is welcome. But, if you don’t have the relevant papers, we will take you out.
“It’s the right of every country to exercise by determining who comes or stays to work in its country. But, we (Nigeria) have not been exercising such rights all these years. We are going to begin to enforce it now.”
Meanwhile, Continentour.com.ng previously reported that the Nigerian high commissioner to Ghana, Ambassador Michael Abikoye, protested the inhuman treatment of Nigerians by the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) with the deportation of 723 Nigerians between 2018 and 2019.
Abikoye said this at a meeting between him and the comptroller general of GIS, Kwame Takyi, in Ghana on Tuesday, February 19.
The high commissioner said that 723 Nigerians were deported on alleged illegal stay, cybercrime and prostitution between January 2018 and January 2019.
According to him, 81 Nigerians were deported on alleged cybercrime and illegal stay in January, while 115 had so far been deported in February on the allegation of overstay and prostitution.
The high commissioner cautioned against inhuman treatment of Nigerians by Ghana, warning that any form of torture or ill treatment of Nigerians would not be acceptable to Nigerian government.
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