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Engineers Raise Alarm Over Influx Of Foreigners

Published by Guardian on Sun, 23 Jun 2013


THE influx of Chinese, Arabs and other nationals into the country to take up jobs hitherto handled by Nigerians is beginning to worry the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE).According to facts provided by the society, not less than 20 to 30 Chinese and other foreign nationals troop into the country daily to do jobs ranging from construction, telecommunications, retail trading and, most worrisome, driving/cleaning services, thereby worsening the unemployment situation.Presenting a paper at a business luncheon organised by the Apapa branch of NSE, Executive Partner, AR-AR Partnership, Ali Rabiu, said billions of naira are repatriated out of the country weekly by the expatriatesHe said: 'Nigeria drives many other economies. In other words, many countries survive on Nigeria. Asians South Africans and others are taking over almost everything in Nigeria from construction, telecommunications to retail trading and even driving.'Another member of the society who works at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, Chinamere Callistus said: 'On daily basis, the Chinese troop into the country in their 20s and 30s. They even bring drivers and cleaners to work in their various companies. If nothing is done, they will take over all sectors of the economy very soon.
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