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President Buhari signs Executive Order prohibiting Issuance of Visas to some Foreigners




President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Abuja signed Executive Order 5 to improve local content in public procurement with science, engineering and technology components.

Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, confirmed this in a statement issued in Abuja.

The proclamation (Executive Order) is entitled; ‘‘Presidential Executive Order 5 for Planning and Execution of Projects, Promotion of Nigerian Content in Contracts and Science, Engineering and Technology.’’

According to the statement, the Executive Order is expected to promote the application of science, technology and innovation towards achieving the nation’s development goals across all sectors of the economy.

“The President, pursuant to the authority vested in him by the Constitution, ordered that all ‘procuring authorities shall give preference to Nigerian companies and firms in the award of contracts, in line with the Public Procurement Act 2007’’

The Executive Order, according to the statement, 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.

The statement said President Buhari also directed Ministries, Departments and Agencies to engage indigenous professionals in the planning, design and execution of national security projects.

It added that, ‘‘consideration shall only be given to a foreign professional, where it is certified by the appropriate authority that such expertise is not available in Nigeria.’’

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Aare farmland

    February 6, 2018 at 12:50 am

    really don’t know what this means. I will be surprised if journalists dig deeper to what caused the executive order and if consular understand the meaning


    February 6, 2018 at 7:29 am

    Be careful what you wish for. The talent you are referring to may be available in Nigeria. But how experience were they.? Take for example a Route and Switch Cisco Network Engineer from the United States of America and a Route and Switch Network Engineer in Nigeria both engineers with Ten years experience I will any day anytime pick the engineer from the United States over the Network Engineer from Nigeria. This is just a fact. You better believe it. A word is enough for the wise. I’m just saying.

    • Coly

      February 6, 2018 at 10:38 am

      Emancipate from mental slavery..How do we get better at things if we dont employ our hands . Yes few mistakes and imperfection at first but that is how people get better … We need to start appreciating ours .

  3. Angel

    February 6, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Thumbs up for President Buhari! This is a great opportunity to grow Nigeria because I know for a fact we gat this 110% #Innoson #Andela etc

  4. Ocean Beauty

    February 6, 2018 at 10:16 am

    Story for the gods.
    Most of these foreign companies lie about the jobs these employees are coming to Nigeria to do. Someone who is just here to do an administrative work will have on his visa application one big job title that will even confuse our ministry of interior.

  5. whocares

    February 6, 2018 at 11:59 am

    oooh this is gooood! I actually have to see if i can find a copy of the order online to read it myself; this is good and is inline with the immigration laws of other countries (re making sure the skills are available in Nigeria before looking to foreigners).. It is especially good for Nigerian companies as well as they can bid for jobs and have a legal claim to be considered over foreign companies.. how will this will work out in practice is dubious of course, but i am always happy with there being a law in place first and we take it from there!! oooh this is the first piece of Nigerian law making I have seen in a while that actually made me happy.. really, i am tingling all over from excitement ( i appreciate that i might not be entirely normal if this is what excites me. loool)

  6. jani

    February 9, 2018 at 8:41 am

    Hope y’all know this ban applies to those Filipino nannies?

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