Written by Ere-ebi AGEDAH

Group calls for probe of Samsung

Right group under the auspices of Nigerian Young Professionals Forum, NYPF and Connected Development CODE, have called for the immediate probe and sanction of Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics, LADOL and Samsung Heavy Industry SHI, as an effort to protect Nigeria from further exploitation.

In a statement issued in Abuja, and jointly signed by Moses Siloko Siasia, chairman of Nigerian Young Professionals Forum, NYPF, and Hamzat Lawal, Chief Executive of Connected Development, CODE, both group also demands that the federal government, as a matter of urgent national importance, commences a holistic investigation into the contract award for Egina FSPO in which SHI is alleged to have bribed senior government officials to enable the company to secure the contract.

According to the group, the move between the Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics, LADOL, and Samsung Heavy Industry SHI, to reach a settlement has raised much concern and worries which it considers an attempt to abandon local content and the defence of national interest over the dispute on Egina FPSO.

The group noted that if the federal government fails to initiate action with regards to the probe of SHI, it would have no option but to mobilize youths from all over Nigeria to the Presidential Villa for a civil protest.

The statement reads in part; “Our position is that the Egina FPSO contract awarded to Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) is fraudulent, in all its ramifications. Secondly, in executing this contract, SHI has consistently violated the Local content laws and, accordingly, further jeopardized the already delicate unemployment situation in Nigeria.

For these reasons and more, we demand that the Federal government should commence a comprehensive probe of Samsung Heavy Industries. If after one week we don’t see any action from the federal government to bring SHI to justice, we shall mobilize all youth groups across Nigeria to occupy the Presidential Villa until something is done.”

 

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