PIB to limit expatriates in oil sector —Senate panel

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The Senate Joint Committees on Petroleum handling the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill has said the bill, when passed by the National Assembly and assented to by the President, will limit the services of foreigners in Nigeria’s petroleum sector.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum (Upstream), Senator Tayo Alasoadura, in a statement on Saturday, said the engagement and services of expatriates would be restricted under the new law while it would create more jobs for Nigerians and a conducive business environment for petroleum operations.

Alasoadura explained that under the new law, it would become illegal to employ foreigners for certain skills which could be sourced locally.

He stressed that even when such skills are sourced from abroad due to unavailability locally, it would be mandatory for Nigerians to understudy such an expatriate.

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