14 May 2020

Regulators warn against illegal use of expatriate permit

The Ministry of Interior, the Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the Depart- ment of Petroleum Resources (DPR) have warned against the illegal use of expatriate permit.

 The trio disclosed that Manpower Supply Companies that have been issued Statutory Oil and Gas Industry Service Permits by the DPR to supply ‘Nigerian Professionals Only’ are engaged by operators and contractors to supply expatriates in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry.

 According to the regulators, the permits clearly indicate that they are not to be used to deploy expatriates under any circumstance or guise.

 ‘‘It is also disturbing that operators and major service providers promote this illegal practice by entering into contract agreements with these manpower supply companies to source expatriates for positions which in several cases had been denied quota and earmarked to be occupied by Nigerians. This practice circumvents laid down statutory approval processes and compliance requirements for obtaining Expatriate Quota Positions’’

 They therefore, maintained that stakeholders in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry are therefore to note the following;

 Companies (operators, service providers among others) engaging manpower suppliers with permits for supply of “Nigerian Profes- sionals Only” are to ensure that no expatriates are deployed under such manpower supply contracts under any guise (whether on EQ, TWP or other processes;

 Companies seeking to engage expatriates in the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry must ensure that they obtain the relevant approvals from NCDMB before applying for Expatriate Quota, TWP or other entry permits from Ministry of Interior, the Nigeria Immigration Service or other agencies of government;

 Companies deploying expatriates in the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry are to ensure full compliance with the guidelines and requirements of the Ministry of Interior and NCDMB including registration on the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Joint Qualification System (NOGICJQS) as well as biometrics enrolment of all expatriate personnel in their employment;

 NCDMB said it will intensify its monitoring and evaluation activities to identify companies violating the statutory provisions of the DPR manpower supply permits and perpetuating illegal expatriate deployments with a view to invoking appropriate sanctions and penalties as specified in the Immigration Act, 2015 and Immigration Regulation, 2017 as well as the NOGID Act.