A civil society group operating under the aegis of Campaign Against Impunity (CAI) has raised the alarm over activities of certain expatriates alleged to be frustrating indigenous Nigerian companies. Speaking with Journalists in Lagos yesterday, the coordinator of CAI Comrade Shina Loremikan lamented that the crisis in Sea Truck Group and takeover of Jason Fleets Vessels if not promptly addressed by the government and relevant agencies could lead to loss of jobs by so many Nigerians.
He said the organisation decided to wade into the crisis, to draw the attention of the government and relevant agencies to the brazen act of impunity that could send wrong signal to the rest of the world about the country.
Loremikan explained that,’’ Jacques Roomans, a Nigeria –Dutch citizen had started business in Nigeria with Roomas Insurance Brokers, an insurance business and subsequently floated a marine charter business in 1977, when he incorporated Sea Trucks Nigeria Limited, saying he grew the company and established West African Ventures (WAV) as the umbrella organisation for all his Nigerian business and took Nigerian citizenship.’’ He said trouble started in the firm when he brought in some expatriates to oversee both STG and WAV businesses in the country and West Africa sub-region. The bubble however burst according to him, when the company took a bond of $575 million and one of the expatriates allegedly moved to wrest the control of the company from Jacques Roomas as its Chief Executive Officer, adding that the move had since plunged the company into deep crisis and its subsequent brazen liquidation.
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