The House of Reps has mandated its Committee on Local Contents to ensure compliance with an executive order by President Muhammadu Buhari restricting foreign expatriates where Nigeria has the capacity.
The committee has been renamed Committee on Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring (NCDM), in line with the executive order issued February 2019.
The executive order also prohibits the Ministry of Interior from issuing visas to foreign nationals whose skills are readily available in Nigeria.
The Chairman of the Committee, Lego Idagbo from Cross River made this known at the inaugural meeting of his committee.
“The President, pursuant to the authority vested in him by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria(as amended), ordered that all “procuring entities shall give preference to Nigerian companies and firms in .the award of contracts in line with the Public, Procurement Act, 2007,” he said.
“The President, therefore, directed Ministries, Departments and Agencies to engage indigenous professional in the planning, design and execution of national security projects.”
The restriction by the House of Reps covers both private and public sectors, including Information Technology, oil and gas, lottery, banks, aviation, pharmacy, shipping, engineering, Non-Governmental Organizations etc.
Meanwhile, the House of Reps has said that the 20 per cent budgetary allocation for education in the 2020 appropriation was poor.
This followed a unanimous adoption of a motion moved by Rep. Babajide Benson (APC-Lagos) in commemoration of World Teachers’ Day.
President Muhammadu Buhari had presented the 2020 budget to a joint session of the National Assembly with N48 billion allocated to the Education Sector.
The House stressed on the need for an increase in the budgetary allocation to the Education sector in the 2020 appropriation bill to better equip teachers with the required training and adequate facilities in schools.