The Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government says it has granted 12,000 foreigners the expatriate quota licences to allow them to work in Nigeria.

This was disclosed in a statement by Sola Fasure, spokesman for the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola.

According to the statement, Aregbesola said the ministry had handled 14,690 companies and granted 126,893 quota licences to expatriates from inception to date, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

“From August 2019 to date, we have registered more than 2,000 companies, while over 12,000 expatriates have been given permits to work in Nigeria,” he stated. “We now handle applications with dispatch and will encourage any firm or organisation with a genuine need for expatriates to bring their applications. We shall accord it the required courtesy.”

He said this on the second day of the sixth edition of the Annual Kaduna Economic Investment (KADINVEST) in Kaduna.

The minister also reiterated the fact that Nigeria was still a profitable investment destination, despite security challenges.

The statement quoted him as saying, ”In spite of the challenges we have faced, it might interest us to know that Nigeria is still an…

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