The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has stated that the US journey ban on Nigeria got here as a impolite shock to the nation.
The minister, who spoke throughout the go to of america Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard, to his workplace, pressured that owing to the impression Nigerian professionals have on the US financial system, it was unfair so as to add the nation on the record.
Earlier in February, the US President, Donald Trump imposed an immigration visa ban on Nigeria and 5 different nations together with Eritrea, Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan and Tanzania
Dr Ngige requested the US ambassador to convey the temper of Nigerians to President Trump and state that the ban is punitive.
“The problem of Nigerian professionals who migrate to america to raised their expertise; it got here to us on this Ministry as a impolite shock when the US authorities ban Nigeria and put us within the record of these nations whose immigrant standing had been cancelled.
“I would like you to convey it dwelling that the ban is punitive,” he added.
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Whereas responding Ambassador Leonard clarified that the visa ban doesn’t have an effect on individuals who at present reside within the US, stating that the ban is because of issues of data sharing if addressed, might be reviewed.
“The immigrant visa ban has no effect on people who currently residents in the US; Secretary Pompeo said that it is temporary and it’s about problems with information sharing which are resolvable and we look forward to Nigeria in a very short while, being able to meet those information sharing so the decision can be reviewed.”
She urged the Minister to search out mechanisms to harness the ample entrepreneurial expertise in Nigeria’s casual sector and seize it into the formal sector.
“For Nigeria, your portfolio has such an incredible interest for the prosperity and diversification of the economy and Nigerians are so well-known at home and abroad for their industriousness and you hear of how much that activities happen in the informal sector and I wonder how you capture the entrepreneurial spirit into the formal sector.”
Dr Ngige knowledgeable that there are already mechanisms in place to improve all the abilities acquisition centres nationwide in order that extra expertise might be exported to the US and different European nations.
“We are attempting to make Nigerians have their expertise in order that we are able to export these expertise, in order that after they exit, they won’t be unlawful migrants; whether or not they’re carpenters, tailors or welders. Now we have expertise acquisition centres, and we’re upgrading all of them in order that after they come out, the certificates that come out from our colleges might be typically accepted.
“There are these we practice right here, and so they need to go to US and sharpen their expertise extra,” he added.