by Stanley Azuakola
The response of the Lagos state assembly to the increasing unemployment rate in the country was to pass a resolution in the assembly which urges the Minister of the Interior; the Nigeria Immigration Service and other agencies to stop giving jobs meant for Nigerians to foreigners.
The resolution was passed by the assembly following a motion by the Chief Whip, Mr. Abdulrazaq Balogun, on Tuesday
The motion, titled: Foreigners taking up limited employment opportunities in Nigeria, was co-sponsored by Deputy Speaker Kolawole Taiwo; Mr. Ipoola Omisore (Ifako/Ijaiye 11); Mr. Moshood Oshun (Lagos Mainland 11); Mr. Rotimi Olowo (Somolu 1) and Mr. Yishawu Gbolahan (Eti-Osa 2).
In the resolution of the assembly, it urged agencies to “curb this unwholesome practice, which is a direct assault on the Nigerian workforce, and employ only foreigners who are permitted to work in the country.”
With the unemployment rate standing at 23.9 per cent, according to Nigeria Bureau of Statistics figures, the House urged the National Assembly to “strengthen the Labour and Immigration Acts to protect jobs from management to junior levels, where skills and expertise are available locally, for the exclusive preserve of unemployed Nigerians
“The scarcity of jobs is compounded by epileptic power supply, which has stifled manufacturing industry, and unfriendly lending interest rates, which have crippled the entire business environment.
“It is only reasonable that the few existing jobs should be for the exclusive preserve of Nigerians, as is done globally.”