HTLC Network | Nigeria
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WELCOME TO NIGERIA

Covering some 900 000 square metres at the mouth of the river Niger, Nigeria borders with Niger to the north, Cameroon to the east and Benin to west.

 

Nigeria_mapThe history of this country goes back to the imperial regions of Kanem and Borno, located on the north of the shores of Lake Chad. At their height around 10 AD, the wealth of these regions was founded on their control of the trans-Saharan trade routes. In the 15th century slave trading was introduced along with the entrance of various European nations. At the end of the 19th century, Nigeria was invaded and put under British rule until after the Second World War.

 

POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS TURBULENCE

Since its full independence in 1960, the country has seen numerous governments take office. Concerned that ethnic and religious differences within Nigeria could split the country apart, the military has always played an important role in maintaining a sense of stability and consistency.

 

Of Nigeria’s 127 million inhabitants, around 50 % are Muslims and 40 % are Christians. The remaining 10 % is made up of various local and tribal religions. The official language of the country is English although a variation of English, known as Pidgin English, is widely spoken throughout the country; it is really a language all on its own. The three main Nigerian languages are Yoruba, Ibo, and Hausa.

 

The country’s topography and vegetation vary considerably from one region to another. The coastal region to the south is a low-lying area of lagoons, sandy beaches and mangrove swamps, which merges into an area of rainforest, dominating the coastal region to the south. This area is also the home of Lagos, the city where most businesses are located, along with Port Harcourt, the centre of Nigeria’s oil industry.

THE “NEW” CAPITAL

North from this coastal area and towards the centre of the country is Nigeria’s capital Abuja, where the landscape changes to savannah and open woodland, rising to the Central Jos Plateau located at an altitude of 1800m.

 

As a city, Abuja has yet to develop as a tourist place and remains second to Nigeria as far as commercial activities are concerned. The northern part of the country is desert and semi-desert, sparsely inhabited and underdeveloped.

 

The capital city is Abuja, located right in the middle of the country. Abuja was named as the new federal capital in 1991. The city is located in a beautiful setting that provides magnificent views across the savannah. As yet, the capital is underdeveloped as far as tourism is concerned.

 

Nigeria’s main city for business and commercial activities is still Lagos, the previous capital, located on the south coast. The city is busy, overcrowded and very chaotic. It is reputed to be one of the most expensive cities in the world. The city’s commercial and administrative centre is located on Lagos Island; the island is linked to the mainland by two road bridges.

 

Lagos Island is also connected to Ikoyi and Victoria islands, both of which have wealthy residential areas and beautiful gardens. Also on Lagos Island are the National Museum and the well-known Jankara Market where traditional Nigerian crafts are sold to the city’s large number of visiting tourists.

Nigeria has much to discover in terms of its natural beauty and has prospects of growth and development ahead.

A country with an abundance of natural resources, Nigeria is the world’s largest producer of oil. A very large percentage is generated from its export.

 

Lagos_Nigeria_57991Due to its natural resources, Nigeria has an enormous potential. Second to the massive oil industry, agriculture is the main occupation in the country. Products include rice, maize, cocoa, palm oil and rubber.

ENORMOUS POTENTIAL BUT BURDENED BY DEPT

Britain is the largest single exporter to Nigeria. Germany, France, and USA have traditionally been the main import sources for the country, but countries like Brazil and Spain have also showed increasing interest in trading with Nigeria. The country is the dominant member of OPEC and ECOWAS, the latter being the West-African organisation for economic co-operation.

 

Nigeria’s enormous potential has yet to flourish mainly due to consistent political conflicts as well as economic difficulties. The country is burdened by a massive foreign debt; however, negotiations for reducing this have been completed. One of the conditions for the foreign debt reduction is economic reform including the sale of major state-owned industries.

 

The country has been the centre of much outcry due to religious intolerance and the imposition of Muslim law in various areas; the Christian population in these areas view this as an infringement upon their rights to religious freedom. The recent case of the woman condemned to death for alleged adultery reached the headlines worldwide. The riots and terrorist attacks in the country as a demonstration against the ‘Miss World’ contest of 2002 demonstrate the strong religious divides and the precarious nature of the country.

 

Despite its religious and political divides, Nigeria offers the experienced and determined businessperson a potentially rewarding business opportunity. The present government is actively promoting the country as a promising location for foreign industries and multinationals. At the same time, it is doing its utmost to develop a tourist industry, until now very limited.

A DIFFERENT PACE OF LIFE

English is the language spoken in business circles. It is common for business meetings to take place without a prior appointment, although, for visits to government offices, appointments should always be made. Business deals will often progress at a slower pace than is common in Europe. Owing to the prevalence of commercial fraud targeting foreigners, business travellers should contact both their local Nigerian Embassy and Chamber of Commerce before travelling to Nigeria.

 

As in most Western African countries, bureaucracy is slow, complicated and there is much corruption. Expats should be prepared for timing that is very different from that to which they have become accustomed.

Prepare and Plan Visit
In this initial contact the Relocation Coordinator will brief the Transferee, introducing destination services commissioned, and provide access codes to HTLC Network on-line City-Specific Resource Guides. In addition, the Relocation Coordinator will help the Transferee assess personal and family’s housing needs, as well as their hopes and plans for the sojourn in your new destination. The Transferee will be asked to fill out a Personal Needs Analysis Form, which will enable customized service delivery. After gaining a sense of the Transferee’s needs, the Relocation Coordinator will arrange appointments with schools and real estate agents, an appointment will be set up with one of the Local Counsellors for a city briefing and a programme will be finalised for accompanied property and school viewings.

 

Airport Pickup and Greeting The Transferee and family will be met at the airport by a Local Counsellor and accompanied to designated hotel.

 

Destination Country and City Information
The Transferee will be given a briefing on the local city and life in your new destination in general, and will be encouraged to ask any questions. An Information Pack on the destination city will be provided. This Pack includes an information sheet with the HTLC Network office and Local Counsellor contact information and emergency telephone numbers. Further, it includes a city and transport map as well as a hard copy of HTLC Network own City-Specific Resource Guide, which contains a wealth of information such as telephone access codes, English-speaking doctors and expatriate clubs. When available, a copy of the English Yellow Pages, local English language periodicals and other relevant information will also be included in the Information Pack.

 

auto-europe-driving-informationCity by Zone Tour
The purpose of this tour is to familiarise the Transferee with selected areas of the city and type of housing and amenities available, in order to be better prepared to select the neighbourhood most suitable for personal and family needs. The City By Zone Tour is often delivered in conjunction with a house hunting programme.

 

International Schooling The Transferee will be briefed on educational opportunities in the area. The Relocation Coordinator will schedule appointments at the selected schools, and the Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged appointments although the appointments will be privately held between the Transferee and school administrators. Where possible, the Relocation Coordinator will organise enrolment procedure and arrange for company invoicing.

 

Full-Day Househunting Programme Following an in-depth briefing by the Relocation Coordinator a programme of property viewings will be arranged. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged viewings of up to eight properties.

 

Two-Day Househunting Programme Following an in-depth briefing by the Relocation Coordinator a programme of property viewings will be arranged. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged viewings of up to fifteen properties.

 

Lease Negotiation After the Transferee has selected a property, the Relocation Coordinator will negotiate lease conditions with the real estate agency or landlord according to The national destination law. HTLC Network coordinator will prepare a contract that ensures legal protection for the client. Particular attention is given to include a break clause, as international assignments often change in duration and the aim is to give maximum flexibility within the limits of the national destination law.

 

bigstock-Real-Estate-Home-Inspection-Re-20778977Property Inspection and Inventory Once the lease has been signed, a thorough property inspection is taken in the presence of the Transferee. This includes an inventory of any furnishings, general condition of the property, and meter readings for utility contracts.

 

Utility Connections, Phone Line and Bank Account The Relocation Coordinator will arrange all utility and telephone connections, and a Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to open a bank account in the selected area.

 

Settling-In Assistance The Local Counsellor will spend time with the Transferee and family, assisting with requested elements of the relocation process, such as arranging language training, obtaining a satellite decoder or internet service provider, shopping for furniture or securing house contents insurance. Duration of this service depends on various company authorizations.

 

Car Purchase or Lease The Relocation Coordinator will brief the Transferee on the logistics of making an automobile purchase and will research reputable dealers in the area. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to dealers and act as a translator. Once the Transferee has made the selection, HTLC Network will take care of necessary documentation including insurance cover. For long-term rental HTLC Network will advise local availability of this service.

 

Local Registration
If the Transferee requests, and is eligible, the Local Counsellor will assist with National Health Registration. City hall registration is a separate service and if authorizied, HTLC Network will assist with the whole bureaucratic procedure at the relative cityhall.

 

Closeup of a call center employee with headset at workplaceOngoing Phone Support The HTLC Network support Helpline is available to all Transferees for 90 days from date of property contract signing. Extensions to this Helpline can be added in periods of three months.

 

Car Importation Importation of car to your new destination, including full document assistance and re-registration with Vehicle registry.

 

Full Assignment Tracking Full tracking of all deadlines throughout duration of the Transferees international assignment, notification given of all scheduled renewal dates, such as housing contracts, Permit of Stay and Work Permits. Ad Hoc Services Service rendered both from back and front office is available on an hourly and daily basis.

Immigration procedures and requirements vary greatly from country to country. Documents requested from applicants depend on the citizenship of the individual applying and the status he wishes to obtain in the destination country, be it authorisation to work, authorisation for accompanying family members, tourist or study visas, temporary or permanent residency status.

 

Passport immigration stamp

• HTLC Network has been selected by many International Law and Immigration Firms as well as Global Relocation Companies to represent them exclusively for immigration

• We work closely with the relevant governmental and police authorities in each country

• Our Immigration Team are experts in immigration laws and keep abreast of changing requirements and procedures

• We prepare all documentation for HR, all you have to do is print out and sign

• We inform the Transferee which specific documents are required , which translations must be obtained and if these must be legalised

• We provide HR and Transferees with information on the process flow, timing and specific legal requirements of each destination

• We update all parties involved regularly as to the status of the application

• Whenever possible, we act with a Power of Attorney on behalf of the company and the Transferee; when the Transferee’s presence is required, he will be accompanied to the relevant office in the destination city

• Our Local Counsellors, residents and locals of the destination city, are able to present the all prepared documentation to the relevant offices in person; thus speeding up the process and ensuring an efficient service

 

For more info about our immigration services in Nigeria please contact our marketing department at: info@htlcnetwork.com

lagos_webLAGOS:

An old Yoruba town, Lagos, grew as a trade center and seaport in the beginning of the 15th century. From the early 1800s until it became a British colony, Lagos was a notorious center of the slave trade. Britain annexed the city in 1861, both to tap the trade in palm products and to
suppress the slave trade.

Lagos is a metropolitan area which originated on islands separated by creeks, such as Lagos Island, fringing the southwest mouth of Lagos Lagoon whilst protected from the Atlantic Ocean by long sand spits such as Bar Beach, which stretch up to 100 km east and west of the mouth…log in.

abuja_webABUJA:

Located in a central and ethically neutral area of Nigeria, Abuja officially replaced Lagos as the capital of Nigeria in 1991 after 15 years of planning and construction.

Abuja’s geography is defined by Aso Rock, a 400-metre monolith left by water erosion. The Presidential Complex, National Assembly, Supreme Court and much of the town extend to the south of the rock…log in.

NIGERIA FAQ - Housing
What can I expect to find in an unfurnished, a semi-furnished or a furnished property?

Unfurnished: An unfurnished property is basically bare, it will be predisposed for utility connection; it will have bathroom sanitary ware but usually nothing else as far as furniture is concerned. Most expatriate standard properties are unfurnished , some may have basic electrodomestics and possibly kitchen units , but landlords are often open to negociation to include these items if requested.

Furnished: A fully furnished property will include all the furniture necessary to live in the property and is ready to be moved in. Such properties are not generally available on the rental market but only within residence serviced appartments which are extremely limited.

What sort of flexibility will I have to negotiate rent or furnishings?

As far as rental price is concerned, there is generally very little room for negotiation, unless the original price quoted states ‘subject to negotiation’.

As far as furnishings are concerned, much negotiation is possible; there are many furniture companies with a wide selection of locally made and imported furniture that offer competitive pricing; your Local Counsellor will be available to guide you through the selection and purchase of necessary.

How many properties will I be shown?

This depends on the Relocation Package you have selected: HTLC Network Basic Package includes 8 properties and the Standard Package includes 15 properties. You will be told at the outset how many properties you will be shown or how much time you have available to do the house hunting.
The properties provided will be as close to your ‘Needs Analysis’ description as possible according to what is available on the market at the time.

How can I secure a property that I choose?

Most property owners/agencies are not willing to ‘hold’ a property with merely a down payment as they feel they may in the meantime lose the opportunity of a secure tenant who will pay all upfront. More than ‘first come first served’, it is more a matter of ‘first to pay up in full gets it’. It is important that payment is made as soon as possible once contract clauses have been agreed upon.

What costs are involved in renting a property?

– usually 10% Real Estate Agent fee ( 10% of the total rent payable i.e. 2 or 3 years)
– usually 10% contract or legal fee ( 10% of the total rent payable i.e. 2 or 3 years)
– 2/3 years rental payment up-front. Please note : Since 2008 most Landlords only offer 3 year contracts and 2 year contracts are very rare. Some landlords are offering 4 or 5 year contracts.
– Service charges (please note below)
– Some times, a Security Deposit

What other expenses should I expect to pay?

Utilities are charged separately according to consumption.

Many properties in Nigeria are rented as ‘Serviced properties’. This means that various aspects are taken care of directly by the landlord or a Property Managing Agency whose services have been employed by the landlord. A ‘Service Fee’ is payable, either directly to the landlord or to the agency. The service fee includes cost of security, ground maintenance, care of condominium areas, cost of generator facilities (a requirement due to the unreliability of local electricity supply) and other such services.

The service fee on serviced properties may vary from property to property, however, it is usually does not exceed 20% of the total rent payable.

Some landlords ask for security deposit (NB: since early 2009 more and more Landlords are charging a security deposit. Emc Network will ensure that in the contract it is clearly specified that this is refundable upon exit provided property is returned in same state as when consigned, usual wear and tear being taken into consideration – for this reason HTLC Network insist on conducting a thorough inventory upon move in which is to be signed by both parties – and part of this includes utility meter reading).

What is the process flow to rent a property?

Once the property has been selected, a legally valid contract is drawn up, this is then checked by a qualified lawyer. It is recommended that an independent lawyers check also be commissioned, as often the Real Estate agent and Lawyer are one and the same person, working on behalf of the landlord. Thereafter an appointment is made to sign the contract.

All payments must be clearly outlined – agent’s commissions, legal fee, rental fee and service charges, security deposit when applicable (refundable upon exit).

All payments must be made at the time of signing. Note that most landlords insist that payment is made before the tenant can be allowed access to the property.

What chance do I have of receiving my full deposit back when I leave the property?

Provided the property is left in the state in which it was when consigned, and the required notice is given, there should be no issue in obtaining full deposit paid back.

HTLC Network insists on preparing a detailed check-in sheet upon move in which is signed by both tenant and landlord, this is referred to at check out to establish property state at time of consignment.

Can I make any alterations to the property?

Alterations to a property that may require structural changes are not allowed – landlords do not permit such changes to their properties and besides, to obtain building permits is extremely difficult. The tenant may decorate the interior as he pleases.

What responsibility do I have as a tenant towards maintenance of the property?

In the case where a service fee is paid to a Property Management Company, there is little or no responsibility on the part of the tenant. Where there is no Managing Company involved, the tenant is responsible to arrange for and pay for all general maintenance; major maintenance is the responsibility of the landlord.

What expenses are involved in the purchase of a property?

Real estate agency fees (approx. 10% of property price), survey costs, “Governor’s consent” (approx. 35% of property price) as well as notary fees and VAT (currently 5%) on the property. Legal assistance it is recommended when purchasing a property in Nigeria.

What if I need to terminate the lease early?

If the lease is broken early, there is no refund of payments made.
An individual may ‘sub-let’ the property provided the original contract signed allows for this; although the Real Estate Agency or Property Management Company have no share in this as their agreement is with the original tenant. However, both the landlord and the PMC must be formally notified of the sub-let.

In the case of a property being rented in the name of a company, if the original contract allows for it, the company may place another employee in the property in the place of the original occupant.

NIGERIA FAQ - Utilities
How reliable are the local utilities?

Electricity: ‘Blacks outs’ in electrical power supply are very common; there are often periods when the power supply is low so lights will merely glow rather than illuminate the room. In most properties in up-market areas and serviced properties, landlords have installed generators, which go on automatically when there is a blackout.

Water: Tap water must never be drunk without first boiling or sterilising it (remember that the same goes for cleaning teeth and putting ice cubes in drinks). Bottled water is available. Note that fruit and salad that may have been rinsed in untreated water.

Gas: Piped gas does not exist; gas cylinders are to be purchased from filling stations or retailers.

Telephone/Internet connection: Phone lines can easily be purchased from a number of Private Telephone Operators: Internet access is also available.

Should I take any precautions to protect my electrical appliances?

When the electricity supply returns after a black out there is a surge of power. This, along with occasional fluctuations in power supply can be very damaging to appliances so it is wise to install voltage regulators. It is advisable to have a UPS for computers.

What utility expenses will I have to pay?

Utilities include electricity and water. There is no piped gas in Nigeria so it has to be purchased in cylinders.

How are these accounts charged?

Utility payments include electricity and water rates.

The ‘Nigerian Electric Power Authority’ handles power generation and the ‘Federal Ministry of Water Resources’ oversees the water supply. Both organisations have regional offices, which cater for various areas. The location of the property determines which regional office they are billed from and where payment is to be made. All payments of utility bills should be made through authorised banks only.

Bills are generally given in the name of the landlord and arrive directly to the property. Landlords of serviced apartments will generally handle the actual payment of bills and incorporate a charge for doing so in the service charge of the property. However, for non-serviced properties the tenant may have to personally make these payments. Generally, the tenancy agreement will stipulate whose responsibility it is to cater for utility bills.

Gas cylinders can also be purchased at gas plants or retail outlets.

Will I be able to get Satellite TV?

Satellite TV is readily available. Installation is usually done within 24hrs. Billing depends on your subscription package; there are prepaid contract packages, which will require an initial deposit in addition to installation and access charges. However, bills are usually sent on a monthly basis. There are also packages available which handle a recharge card that can be used as the client wishes.

How long will I have to wait for my telephone?

NITEL phone lines can take a week or more to install, however, PTOs lines can be installed within a day or two.

How will I be billed?

NITEL bills will arrive to the property on a monthly basis and can be paid by cheque or cash to the phone company directly or through a designated bank.

A deposit or advance payment is generally required to obtain specific services such as ASDL/ISDN. Most PTOs operate a pre-paid billing system.

What about Internet connection?

This is available from a number of providers although connection is not always possible and at times servers may be ‘down’ for days at a time.

What about mobile phones?

Contracts are available from a selection of companies; lines are not always obtainable, but many opt for mobile rather than landlines, which are even more unpredictable.

I have noticed that postal addresses are not generally listed for Nigeria, just PO boxes. Why is this?

There is no postal service that delivers directly to property addresses. All mail has to be collected from P.O. Boxes. These are rented at an annual fee from the Post Office.

Although there are Post Offices in all areas of the city, it is not always possible to rent a box in the location of choice due to lack of availability. Many employees receive their mail through their company’s box, and a messenger checks the mail and delivers to them. There are private mail collectors who will check your box and hand deliver – at a charge.

Courier services will deliver directly to a property but sufficient information has to be provided for the property to be correctly identified. (Roads slightly out of the city are not all named and not all properties are numbered, properties are identified by other characteristics ‘ House with blue gate next to the large field’).

What documents do I need to install a Telephone Line?

Installing a phone requires little or no documentation. The government phone company, Nigerian Telecommunications (NITEL) and various private telephone operators (PTO) provide telephone line services.

ASDL, ISDN and CABLE connection are available in certain areas of the bigger cities, including most of the popular expat areas. The application for a connection has to be made through the individual phone companies.

NIGERIA FAQ - Driving
What is it like to drive in Nigeria?

The traffic in the cities is chaotic and road rules are generally not adhered to. The roads that are paved are in poor condition; potholes and uneven surfaces are normal even in the cities. Out of the cities roads are rarely paved and are more like rough tracks rather than the roads most expats are used to. This is extremely heavy on vehicles so maintenance costs are far higher than in other destinations.

What sort of vehicle is advisable?

Many foreigners opt for 4 wd vehicles with rugged suspension that are easier to drive when navigating the roads; especially if they live out of the main city areas.

Can I buy a car?

Yes, upon presentation of documents, which demonstrate legal stay in the country (valid Work and Residency Permits).

Is my licence valid in Nigeria?

Only International Licences or Nigerian licences are valid. There is no need for a foreigner to procure a Nigerian licence as long as he has a valid International Licence. If an International Driver’s Licence lapses or expires, an individual is allowed to apply for a ‘Driving Permit’. To apply for this, specific documents and a fee are to be presented to the relevant government office.

Please note:
When driving in Nigeria you must have your driver’s licence with you at all times.

NIGERIA FAQ - Safety
I have heard there is a high crime rate throughout the country: how can I ensure the security of my family?

It is important that you are prepared so as to avoid compromising situations and high-risk areas in order to ensure your family’s personal and residential safety.

NIGERIA FAQ - Health concerns
Do I have to be vaccinated before arriving to Nigeria?

Vaccinations required: Yellow Fever – All individuals entering the country MUST have a certificate attesting to the fact they have had this vaccination. Vaccinations highly recommended are: Cholera, Typhoid, and Hepatitis A and B. Other: Rabies (note below).

Each country recommends different vaccines to be taken before a visit to the country – you are advised to check with your national Health Authority or Embassy before you travel.

Are there any particular health risks in Nigeria?

Malaria risk exists all year round throughout the entire country, preventative measures are highly recommended (the predominant strain falciparum has been reported to be resistant to chloroquine).

Present also are Polio, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, B, C and E, Meningococcal meningitis, leishmaniasis, trypanosomiasis and onchocerciasis (river blindness), TB and Dengue fever.

Bilharzia (schistosomiasis) is also present: Avoid swimming and paddling in fresh water. Swimming pools, which are well chlorinated and maintained, are safe.

Rabies is also present. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered. If you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay. HIV is rampant.

What Health Care facilities are available?

Government-provided health care facilities are of a very poor standard and there is often a shortage of drugs and essential medical equipment. Private medical insurance is required. Expats and their families are advised to register themselves with a reputable private medical facility upon arrival, where the standard is considerably higher.

There are some adequate private facilities where the standards approach those of Europe. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services.

Due to the lack of supply and the unsafe nature of drugs that are available (often they are well past their ‘use by date’) it is advisable to take a sufficient supply of drugs or medication to meet personal needs. Purchase of drugs in Nigeria should only be made from renowned authorised pharmacies.

What other precautions should I take?

Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilised (beware of salad and fruit that may have been washed in untreated water). Vegetables should be cooked and fruit always peeled.

Milk should always be boiled – Powdered or tinned milk is advised. Avoid dairy products, which are likely to have been made from untreated milk. Ensure meat and fish is well cooked, preferably served hot.

NIGERIA FAQ - Work Permit
What documentation is required for workers coming to Nigeria?

For workers coming on international assignments, the law requires a Residence Work Permit. For workers coming on short-term projects, a Temporary Work Permit is required.

It necessary for me to be present to apply for documents?

For Residency Work Permit, part of the application takes place in Nigeria and part at the Nigerian Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence. HTLC Network procure and present all required documentation on you and your company’s behalf. You will be advised what we require from you.

You will have to attend an interview at the local Nigerian Consulate as part of the processing of the application. You will be advised when the appointment has been arranged as soon as we have been informed.

Please note that the worker must not enter Nigeria whilst the work permit visa is being processed
When you arrive in Nigeria and have been granted your Residency Work Permit, you will be accompanied by one of our Local Counsellors to register with the local authorities.

Can I leave and re-enter the country freely once I have my Work Permit?

In order to leave and re-enter the country you must have a Re-entry Visa. The application for this visa has to be supported by documentary evidence from the employing company that your work position remains for open you upon your return and that the work position enters within the quota system for foreign workers. Emc Network will prepare and present all required documentation on your behalf.

Without a re-entry visa you will note be allowed to re-enter the country, even with a valid Work Permit in place.

What about my family members?

Application for accompanying family members is to be presented at the same time as the application for the worker. Emc Network will advise you as to what documentation is required of you and one of our Local Counsellors will be sure to accompany all family members for any local registration that is required.

NIGERIA FAQ - About HTLC Network
Why should I choose HTLC Network?

– Extensive rapidly growing client list.
– Exclusive partner/representative of many Global Relocation Service Providers.
– Exclusive representative of many International Law and Immigration Firms.
– Quality control guarantee: Head Office directs all relocations and immigrations in every destination.
– All staff required to attend on-going training sessions and workshops to keep updated as to global mobility needs.
– No language barriers – Assistance provided in all major European languages and many others.
– Corporate consultation with HTLC Netowork’s’ Representatives at location of choice.
– HTLC Network own ‘Resource Guides’ providing a wealth of everyday information for expatlife in destination city.
– Comprehensive FAQs for each country serviced.
– Red Alert List to prepare for the specific challenges of each destination.
– Extra ‘Safety’ section in Resource Guides for countries posing specific security threats.
– 24-hour Emergency Helpline for Transferees throughout the duration of the relocation.
– Complimentary 3-month Helpline.

NIGERIA FAQ - For corporate
How can we determine a realistic Housing Budget for Transferees?

During HTLC Network’ initial teleconference with the client we go through an in-depth ‘Needs Analysis’ which can include Housing Budget variables for the Destination City. HTLC Network will work with the Company to ensure the workforce locate properties of a suitable standard within the parameters set by corporate policy.

Can the contract be signed in the name of a foreign company?

Legally, yes, as long as it can be proved that the individual who signs the contract has the legal right to sign as a representative of the Company. Many landlords however, will not accept this as it is harder to take a foreign Company to court should there be any missing rent payments or problems. As landlord’s rarely accept a foreign Company signing the lease, it is usually signed by the local company that is VAT registered locally.

HTLC Network will prepare the contract in the name of a legal representative of the Company. We require full data of the individual, a photocopy of his/her passport ID pages and a photocopy of the Company’ s document demonstrating position within the Company.

The prepared contract will be emailed to the appropriate Company contact and instructions will be given on how it is to be printed out and signed. Once signed, one of HTLC Network’ Local Counsellors will collect the contract and deliver it to the real estate agent for the signature of the landlord. A signed copy will be returned to the Company whilst the three copies of the contract are being registered, thereafter a registered copy will be delivered.

Arrangements will be made to take a thorough inventory in the presence of the tenant and landlord.

Is it necessary for the Transferee to be present to apply for documents?

For the presentation of document application, it varies from city to city. Wherever possible HTLC Network will prepare power of attorney  in order for a Local Counsellor to act on behalf of the Transferee and family.

To release the obtained documents, the Transferee and other members of the family must be present as an original signature is required.

How can we guarantee all Transferees will receive the same standard of service? (staff relocating to main cities versus more rural areas)

All Local Counsellors are really ‘local’ to the area where they assist Transferees. They are selected for their good knowledge of their city area.

All Local Counsellors are trained by HTLC Network to follow our set pattern of delivering services using an in-house ‘Training and Operations Manual’.

All Local Counsellors are closely directed by Office Coordinators, ensuring a consistent standard of service is delivered.

How does EMC Network handle Group Moves?

All relocations are handled by the same system of centralisation. When required, we arrange for a member of our office team to go to the location of a group move to be an in-house Coordinator, working from the Client Company’s premises as a point of reference for HR, Transferees and their families.

In main centres we have several Local Counsellors.

What ongoing support is provided for Transferees and families?

HTLC Network aims to equip your workforce to settle into their new environment as soon as possible. Upon arrival they are presented with a local Information Pack. They are given access to our on-line City Specific Resource Guides that provide general local information as well as specific local information once a suitable property has been located.

We have a 24hour emergency helpline throughout the duration of the relocation. We provide a 90 day complimentary phone line that can be extended throughout the duration of the assignment.

Our aim is to teach the Transferee how to live in his new city and to equip him to be as independent as possible.

Geography

Area: 582,650 sq km
Time Zone: GMT+1
Capital city: Abuja
Bordering countries: situated between Benin and Cameroon by the Gulf of Guinea
Climate: south is in proximity to Equator, tropical in centre, arid in north.

Government

Stateform: Republic
Legislative Branch: bicameral National Assembly
National Holiday: 1 October
Currency: naira (NGN)

Population

Population: Approximately 127 mil. inhabitants.
Religion: Muslim and Christian majority.
Languages: English
Ethnic groups: Nigeria is composed of more than 250 ethnic groups.
Other languages: Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo (Ibo), Fulani