FG Decry Illegal Use Of Manpower Supply Permits In O&G Industry
The Federal Government has condemned the illegal use of the Statutory Oil and Gas Industry Service Permits by manpower supply companies in the engagement of expatriates in the country’s oil and gas industry.
The Statutory Oil and Gas Industry Service Permits are issued by the DPR to manpower supply companies for the supply of Nigerian Professionals Only.
In a joint statement by the Ministry of Interior, the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), said it is disturbing that Operators and Major Service Providers promote the illegal practice by entering into contract agreements with the Manpower Supply Companies to source Expatriates for positions which in several cases had been denied quota and earmarked to be occupied by Nigerians.
It noted that the permits clearly indicate that they are not to be used to deploy expatriates under any circumstance or guise.
“It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Interior, the Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) that Manpower Supply Companies that have been issued Statutory Oil and Gas Industry Service Permits by the DPR to supply ‘Nigerian Professionals Only’ are engaged by operators and contractors to supply expatriates in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry, the statement read.
It noted that the practice circumvents laid down statutory approval processes and compliance requirements for obtaining Expatriate Quota Positions, adding that stakeholders in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry are therefore to note the following:
“Companies (Operators, Service Providers etc) engaging manpower suppliers with permits for supply of “Nigerian Professionals Only” are to ensure that no expatriates are deployed under such manpower supply contracts under any guise (whether on EQ, TWP or other processes);
“Companies seeking to engage expatriates in the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry must ensure that they obtain the relevant approvals from NCDMB before applying for Expatriate Quota, TWP or other entry permits from the Ministry of Interior, Nigeria Immigration Service, or other agencies of government;
“Companies deploying expatriates in the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry are to ensure full compliance with the guidelines and requirements of the Ministry of Interior and NCDMB including registration on the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Joint Qualification System (NOGICJQS) as well as biometrics enrolment of all expatriate personnel in their employment.
Continuing, it noted that “NCDMB will intensify its monitoring and evaluation activities to identify companies violating the statutory provisions of the DPR manpower supply permits and perpetuating illegal expatriate deployments with a view to invoking appropriate sanctions and penalties as specified in the Immigration Act, 2015 and Immigration Regulation, 2017 as well as the NOGID Act; and
“Companies in the Oil and Gas Sector intending to apply for Expatriate Quota Positions, should submit and process their applications to the Board by registering and applying on the NOGICJQS portals.”
Adding that interested organisations should contact NCDMB by email: [email protected] or Phone: 07000NCDMB for further enquiries on the NCDMB Expatriate Quota process,