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Reps Order Deportation Of Koreans Over Local Content Law Breach

Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja

The House of Representatives, Friday, asked the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazzau, to immediately deport Messers Een Soon Moon, Lee Byung Woo and Lee Yoo Jong of the Hyundai Heavy Industry Limited.

The deportation call was based on alleged violation of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Content Development Act, 2010 by the aforementioned officials of the HHI.

Addressing journalists in Abuja, Chairman of the House, committee on Local Content, Hon Emmanuel Ekon, said his committee would invite the Department of State Security (DSS), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and the Accountant General of Federation to investigate and audit the activities and finances of the company since its inception in the country.

“The officials of HHI have very little or no regard for the extant laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. They continued to with their operations and had flagrant disregard for the rule despite observations by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).

“The NCDMB gave HHI conditions for renewal of their expatriate quota or even obtaining the ones which they neither observed nor bothered to address.

“The Nigerian Immigration Service and the Federal Ministry of Interior should step up in the regulation of the quota system”, Ekon said.

The lawmaker said the committee will write to the HHI parent company to send a proper Managing Director of Vice President status and with proper qualification to its Nigerian office considering the amount of Business it’s doing in Nigeria.

He added that if found wanting after all the investigation, the committee will further recommend to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation that HHI and its subsidiaries are not fit to operate in the oil industry of Nigeria.

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