The House of Representatives Committee on Local Content has ordered the Nigerian Immigration Services to repatriate the Managing Director of Hyundai Heavy Industry (HHI), Mr. S. K. Choi to his country of origin with immediate effect.
The chairman of the committee, Hon. Emmanuel Ekon, who announced the decision of the committee accused Mr. Choi of carrying out businesses in Nigeria without obtaining an expatriate quota approval from the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).
According to him, the embattled Managing Director had grossly violated Section 33 of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act 2010.
Explaining further, the committee chairman said Mr. Choi arrived in the country in August 2016 and resumed work as Managing Director of HHI with a Business Visa without first of all acquiring the relevant papers from NCDMB and the Ministry of Interior as stipulated by law.
Ekon recalled that prior to the redeployment of Mr. Choi, the Committee had earlier directed the Immigration to deport three officials of HHI in July 2016 when it found out that they did not comply with the laws guiding the operations of oil and gas in the country.
“We have rules that must be followed. Nigeria is not a banana republic where anybody can come and do things anyhow. It is not acceptable and this Committee would not allow that to happen,” he said.
He added that the committee frowned at the conduct of some multinational companies who take advantages of certain lapses to exploit the Nigerian economy.
According to him, findings by the Committee during their oversight tour of facilities of some of the companies in Lagos and Port Harcourt revealed outright gross violation of the Act adding that the committee would go after such companies with a view to protecting the welfare of the Nigerian people.
“We have Nigerians living and doing businesses in other countries of the world…