Senate Declares Samsung MD Illegal Immigrant – Abuja – For allegedly coming into the country without proper documentation, the Senate has ordered the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to immediately deport Mr Young Ho Jo, the Managing Director of Samsung back to South Korea.
The Senate’s directive was announced on Thursday by its Chairman of an Ad-Hoc Committee probing the $16.35 billion Egina Oil Field Project, Senator Solomon Adeola (APC Lagos West) during an interactive session with major and sub contractors of the project .
According to Senator Adeola , resolution for deportation of the SAMSUNG MD was adopted by the Senate last week Thursday in line with recommendation to that effect by the ad- hoc committee in its interim report .
Adeola, had announced to the hearing of the embattled South Korean and other operators of the Egina oil field project, disclosing that illegality of Mr Young Ho Jo’s residency in Nigeria came to the fore during scrutiny of his papers .
“Mr Young Ho Jo who has been working for the past two months in Nigeria as the managing director of Samsung without fulfilling legal requirements for such told us that he couldn’t complete his documentation as a result of alleged brake down of machines of the Nigeria Content Development Monitoring Board (NCMDB).
“But the NCMBD wrote to us that their machine had never broken down in the period claimed showing that the man has contravened the Local Content law.
“Going by recommendations made by this committee to the Senate and resolution adopted, MD SAMSUNG is no longer recognised on account of improper documentation as shown by papers he presented.
“To the Senate and this committee, SAMSUNG MD is an illegal immigrant who must be deported by the Nigerian Immigration Service, to which a letter to that effect has been forwarded to the Ministry of Interior.
“He can however can back to the country through proper documentation thereafter, the lawmaker added.
He argued further that Young Ho Jo, during his illegal residency in Nigeria as Samsung MD, also violated the Local Content Act by spending $1.6 billion out of the $3.5billion contract, SAMSUNG got from $16.35billion Egina Oil Field Project in Goje, South Korea.
However, Mr Nicolas Terraz, the managing director of Total Upstream Nigeria Limited stated that as the major operator of the project, it will continue to assist the committee in its investigations, adding that its goal is to deliver the project expected produce 200,000 barrels of crude oil per day while its FPSO have a holding capacity of 2million barrel.
Eng. Gbolahan Okesanya, the representative of NNPC/NAPIMS said that it will ensure that maximum cooperation is given to the audit team of the Senate when it commence work adding that the goal of the audit team tallies with that of NNPC/NAPIMS in its regulation of the oil industry.
Meanwhile the second phase of the investigation , would be carried out by consultants to be assugned by the senate for 16 weeks on the spot assessment of the project execution as regards value for money in line with the local content act .