If you are foreign engineer hoping to explore opportunities in Nigeria, you now have a fresh hurdle to cross.

On Tuesday, the Nigerian government announced that it had commenced the restriction of issuance of visas to foreigners seeking to take up engineering roles in Nigeria.

This, according to the authorities, is to free up more jobs for Nigerians and improve local content.

It said it had also approved two key regulations for Nigeria’s engineering/construction sector, namely Regulation on Licensing of Engineering Firms and Regulation on Construction Industry.

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Speaking in Abuja at the 27th Engineering Assembly of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, COREN President Muhammadu Buhari said the restriction of visas to foreign engineers was enforced by the Ministry of Interior in compliance with Executive Order 5, which he signed recently.

Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, told participants at the event that the Federal Government is serious about the Executive Order and would ensure that it was strictly enforced.

Buhari said: “I recently signed the Executive Order 5, which states that procuring authorities shall give preference to Nigerian companies and firms in the award of contracts, in line with the Public Procurement Act 2007.

“The implementation of this order has started and as expected some of its attendant benefits, including the promotion of science, technology and innovation in several centres of the economy, are beginning to manifest.”

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