In its bid to stop the deportation of its 102 expatriate staff out of the country, Intels Nigeria Limited has dragged the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, Mr. Muhammed Babandede, before the Federal High Court in Abuja.
In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1180/2017, Intels otherwise known as the plaintiff told the court that the Immigration boss acted “unreasonably” when he issued a press release on November 15, revoking Residence/Work Permits of its expatriate staff, and further threatened to ensure that they were deported from Nigeria.
Represented by its team of lawyers, led by Mr. Adeniyi Adegbonmire, SAN, Intels further stressed that revocation was premised upon a purported withdrawal of its operational license by the Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority.
Intels said that the NIS boss otherwise known as the defendant, had threatened to recommend to the Minister of Interior that its expatriates be deported any day from November 30.
The company added that it will suffer untold hardship and irreparable injury to its business in the event that the NIS is not restrained in the manner sought in this application.
Intels Prayer to the court
- A declaration that the action/decision of the Respondent in revoking or purpotedly revoking the Residence/Work Permits of the underlisted persons, all of which are Expatriate Staff of the Applicant, and consequently directing that the said persons do leave the territory of the Federal Republic of Nigeria not later than the 30th day of November, 2017, or face deportation is unlawful, unconstitutional, wrong and void ab initio.
- A declaration that the Respondent acted ultra vires when he proceeded to issue or authorize/directed the issuance of a Press Release dated 15th day of November, 2017 with reference No. NIS/HQ/PRU/267/V.1 to the effect that the Residence/Work Permits of the persons listed above, all of whom are Expatriate Staff of the Applicant, stand revoked and further issuing a directive that the said persons shall leave the territory of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on or before the 30th day of November, 2017, without first giving the Applicant or the said persons the oppurtunity to be heard.
- A declaration that the failure of the Respondent to communicate with the Applicant or to formerly notify the Applicant of his decision as hereinbefore stated, prior to the revocation or purported revocation of the Residence/Work Permits of the afore-mentioned staff of the Applicant is unlawful and wrong.
- An order of certiorari quashing the decision of the Respondent, as conveyed in the Nigeria Immigration Service Press Release dated 15th Novemver, 2017 with reference
- An order of certiorari quashing the Respondent’s decision to revoke the Residence/Work Permits of the Expatriate Staff of the Applicant as hereinbefore listed, on the grounds that the decision offends against the constitutionally guaranteed right to fair hearing of the Applicant.
- An order of perpetual injunction restraining the Respondent either acting by himself or through officers of the Nigeria Immigration Service, his agents, servants or privies or any other body howsoever otherwise described from instigating, recommending and/or directing the deportation of the Expatriate Staff of the Applicant as listed above, or taking any steps in furtherance of the decision of the Respondent as contained in the Press Release of the NIS with reference No. NIS/HQ/PRU/267/V.1, dated 15th Novemver, 2017.
- An order of interim injunction restraining the Respondent either acting by himself or through officers of the Nigeria Immigration Service, his agents, servants or privies or any other body howsoever otherwise described from further interfering with, in whatever manner, or disturbing the lawful resident/work status granted the Expatriate Staff of the Applicant as hereinbefore listed, pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice dated 24th November, 2017 and filed alongside this application”. Alternatively, the plaintiff prayed the court for.
- An order of mandatory injunction compelling the Respondent to immediately reverse the revocation of the Residence/Work Permits of the Expatriate Staff of the Applicant as hereinbefore listed and to immediately restore/reissue to the said persons, their Residence/Work Permits.
- And finally, “An order of interim injunction restraining the Respondent, whether acting by himself or through officers of the Nigeria Immigration Service, his agents, or any other persons howsoever described from taking any steps towards the deportation of the Expatriate Staff of the Applicant as hereinbefore listed, or in any way or manner, disturbing, harassing and/or issuing directives/directions in respect of the said persons which may in any way or form, prevent or disturb the said persons from the discharge of their duties or contractual obligations to the Applicant and in any way or manner disturbing or inhibiting the free movement of the said persons within the territory of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice dated the 24th of November, 2017 and filed alongside this application.
Hearing of the matter was stalled on Monday because legal representative of the NIS boss was absent in court.
The case was presided over by Justice Ahmed Mohammed.
Cost of building materials rise by over 60% in one year
The price of building materials in the market experienced a rise of over 60% in the last one year.
The cost of Cement, Steel, Tiles and Plaster of Paris (PoP) cement, among others have risen by over 60% between March 2020 and March 2021.
For instance, the cost of steel, which was sold at N234,000 per tonne as of March 2020, had increased to N380,000 at the end of March 2021. This represents a 62% increase within the period under review.
While Dangote Cement increased from N2,600 to N3,800 (though it is sold at N3,600 in some areas in Lagos), Lafarge Cement and BUA Cement increased from N2,400 and N2,250 to N3,600 and N3,250 respectively within the same period.
The price hikes are not limited to the cost of steel and cement alone but also to other materials like Tiles, PoP cement, and roofing sheets.
The cost of super white cement increased from N2,500 (25kg) to N3,700, and the cost of high-quality white cement (40kg) also increased from N4,000 to N6,500.
The cost of gravel increased from N80,000 to N140,000; that of 8mm diameter and 25mm diameter (imported) increased from N234,000 and N245,000 to N330,000 and N380,000 respectively.
Doors are not left out in the hike. Costs of Flush door (high quality), Panel door and Turkish steel door (1,500 x 2,100) also rose from N35,000, N40,000, N165,000 to N60,000, N75,000 and N235,000 respectively.
Why the hike?
Industry experts have attributed the hike to persistent depreciation of the naira and the rising cost of other building materials.
Tunde Oluwole, a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Builders, explained that the development was caused by high interest rate, inflation, increasing exchange rate and scarcity of forex in the country.
He said, “The increasing prices in Nigeria is a result of the combined effects of high-interest rates, devaluation of the naira, inflation, and non-effective distribution network of the materials.”
To Kolawole Adebisi, an Estate Developer, the development in the cement industry is caused by the ban of imported cement in the country.
He told Nairametrics that he is not against the ban, as the government’s intention is to boost local production of cement but explained that “the local manufacturers were unable to produce enough cement to meet the demand and this contributed to the rising cost of the product.”
FG to extend fuel subsidy for 6 months
Reports indicate that the FG plans to spend N720 billion for the next 6 months on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) subsidies.
The Nigerian Government may have suspended plans to end its subsidy payments as reports indicate that the FG plans to spend N720 billion for the next 6 months on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) subsidies.
This was disclosed in an exclusive report by The Guardian on Sunday, citing that President Muhammadu Buhari ordered that the subsidies remain in place for the next 6 months.
“Specifically, President Buhari has asked the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to suspend any idea on subsidy removal for five to six months so that a plan that does not harm ordinary Nigerians is evolved if the deregulation must go on,” a Government official said.
What you should know
- NNPC GMD, Mele Kyari disclosed last month that the “NNPC may no longer be in a position to carry that burden because we cannot continue to carry it in our books,” after reports of fuel imports under-recovery revealed the FG was spending N120 billion a month on subsidy.
- Kyari also hinted that they may soon start selling PMS at market prices saying: “NNPC importing PMS at market price and selling at N162/L. The actual market price should be between N211 and N234/L. Meaning is that consumers are not paying the market price.
- “NNPC is currently the sole importer of PMS, and we’re trying to exit the underpriced sale of PMS. Eventual exit is inevitable, when it will happen I cannot say, but engagements are ongoing because the government is cognisant of the implications.”
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