Contrary to insinuations that the Federal Government cancelled the work permits of expatriate workers of Intels and its affiliates, government, yesterday, provided evidence to prove that the action had no political undertones.
According to government, the action was based strictly on extant laws guiding operations of the nation’s Export Free Zones.
Documents exclusively obtained by Vanguard, showed that while Intels ignored notices by the Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority, OGFZA, to meet required conditions for renewal of its 2017 operational license, five other firms allied to it, voluntarily applied for de-registration to quit the free zones.
The document showed that having lost their operating licences, their work visas had to be cancelled. It also revealed that Intels was reminded in writing thrice this year, in March, June and October, to renew its operational license in order to continue to operate with its expatriate staff at the free zones but ignored the letters from the agency and threatened to take legal action against the Federal Government.
Vanguard, November 17, 2017
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