If you have been wondering why small-scale businesses hardly survive beyond few years in Nigeria, its probably because of the incursion of foreigners into the sector.

This is according to the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahmam Dambazau. He made this known on Tuesday when members of the House of Representatives Committee on Interior visited the Ministry in Abuja.

He called on the Nigerian Parliament to make laws that will list businesses foreigners living in Nigerian can engage in.

Dambazzau is obviously not happy about many things.

First, he is sad that foreigners overstay their welcome in the country and then with the help of some Nigerians continue to stay illegally.

According to him, some Nigerians go up to the level of renting out their shops to these foreigners while covering up their illegal activities.

“The ministry is looking into a proposal by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to give amnesty to illegal migrants for them to come out and register.

“We are also looking at the implications of people taking advantage of ECOWAS free movement.

“This has led to proliferation of light weapons and drugs; some of them are cloning remita receipts and expatriate certification,” The Minister said.

He is wants the federal government to formulate policies that will encourage these illegal migrants to be registered and their activities regulated in the interest of businesses owned by Nigerians and the nation's economy.