By Ajibola Abayomi,
November 17, 2017
Intels, the oil and gas giant in the maritime sector’s trouble with the Federal Government may be far from over. This following the November 30 deadline given to some of the companies’s expatriate staff as well as other firms.
Last month the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) terminated the pilotage contract with Intels citing inability of the company to comply with the government’s Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy as regards remittance of the revenue being collected on behalf of the agency.
TheLead Online gathered that the boat revenue collected by the Intels for the period from January 2010 to September 30, 2016 was $1.25 billion.
This was in addition to the sum of $41.039 million being revenue for the period October to December 2016 which is yet to be reconciled, bringing the total revenue for the period of January 2010 to December 2016 to $1.295 billion.
During the same period, it said that Intels remitted a total sum of $343.35 million from service boats revenue collection to the NPA, representing 27 per cent of total service boats revenue collected by Intels on behalf of the NPA.
In what looks like a move towards getting back at the company, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), has revoked the resident permits of expatriates employees of six companies including that of Intels.
The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mr. Muhammad Babandede, announced this in Abuja on Wednesday in a statement issued by Mr. Sunday James, spokesman of the Service.
James identified the companies as INTELS Nig. Ltd., PRODECO International Ltd., West Africa Machinery Services Ltd., Net Global System International Ltd., MGM Logistics Solutions Ltd., and ORIEAN Investment Ltd.
He said the action was in exercise of the powers vested on the Comptroller-General in section 39 subsection 1 of the Immigration Act 2015 and section 5, subsection 5 of the Immigration Regulation 2017.
The sections empower the NIS to revoke the resident permit of expatriate workers of companies whose operational licenses are withdrawn by the Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority.
“Consequently, Babandede has directed that the expatriate staff of the affected companies to leave Nigeria not later than Nov. 30, 2017.
“They might be recommended to the Honourable Minister of Interior for deportation should they fail to leave the country as directed by the CGI,” James added.