Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Capt. Emmanuel Ihenacho has instituted a new guideline for expatriate quota applications in the country through the review process set up by him in which the backlog has been cleared.
Capt. Ihenacho made this known while speaking at a forum organized by participants of the Senior Executive Course-32 of the Institute for Policy and Strategic studies, in Kuru, Jos.
The minister explained that he inherited the backlog from the Department of Business and Citizenship in the Ministry, a Committee whose members were from different Government Agencies and whose responsibility it is to consider expatriate quota applications.
He noted that the cumbersome nature of the Committee delayed prompt processing of expatriate quotas, made its operations ineffective and created a huge backlog of applications, which were tackled only recently by a review process he set up on assumption of office as Minister.
Consequently he said, “Today we have three-step level approving arrangement, with myself (the Minister) having responsibility to approve 30 applications, while the Permanent Secretary and Director of the Department are the other two levels of approval authorities in the new expatriate quota regime. With this arrangement, we have successfully cleared all outstanding requests.”