Covid-19: Nigerians want Buhari to suspend visas for foreign workers to save jobs - Poll

Covid-19: Nigerians want Buhari to suspend visas for foreign workers to save jobs - Poll

- The president of the United States, Donald Trump, has signed a new executive order

- The new order will suspend visas for foreign workers till the end of 2020

- Nigerians were sked via Legit poll if they think President Muhammadu Buhari should do the same

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President Donald Trump of the United States signed an executive order on Monday, June 22, suspending visas for foreign workers till the end of 2020.

The US president explained that the move is to save jobs for Americans amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, a report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) indicates that 42% of hitherto employed Nigerians lost their jobs due to the adverse impact of Covid-19.

The report which was published on Friday, June 5 was titled COVID-19 National Longitudinal Phone Survey (COVID-19 NLPS).

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Poll shows Nigerians want Buhari to suspend visas for foreign workers to reduce unemployment just as Trump had done

Poll shows Nigerians want Buhari to suspend visas for foreign workers to reduce unemployment just as Trump had done. Photo credit: The Punch
Source: UGC

It stated that the impact on employment and income had been widespread as “respondents who were working before the outbreak reported that they were not currently working due to Covid-19.”

Thus, Legit.ng asked Nigerians via an online poll if they think President Muhammadu Buhari should also sign an executive order to suspend visas for foreign workers to reduce unemployment, just like President Trump.

Out of over 1,500 people who participated in the poll on Facebook, 78% said they want President Buhari to sign an executive order to suspend visas for foreign workers.

However, 22% of the respondents said the Nigerian president should not follow the path of his American counterpart.

On Twitter, about 500 respondents participated in the poll. Similarly, the majority of the respondents, 60.1%, said the president should suspend visas for foreign workers while 14.1% voted that he shouldn't.

Also, 18.8% of the respondents said the country's economy will suffer if the president suspends visas for foreign workers while the remaining 7% were indifferent.

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Below are some reactions that accompanied the poll:

Omachona God'spower Richard said: "My reply is not on the vote. Where are the jobs that you want to sign executive order? We like to copy too much in this country. After all, they copied the 'next level' mantra for the second term."

"Executive order has no power here, he signed executive order 4 weeks ago another fellow under the guise of the governors forum came up to suspend his executive order, does the President really understand what an executive order is all about," Eugene Steven said.

Prince Obinna said: "Here foreign workers give us jobs more than the government...our case is different please...in their land they employ us, in our own land they employ us also so why should we stop them..."

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Drey!, @kiig_drey, tweeted: "Foreign workers are not the reason for unemployment in Nigeria. Canada imports labour and the citizens don’t suffer for it"

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Source: Legit Nigeria

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