The Nigerian Senate has announced plans to investigate Volkswagen Automobile Group, accusing the company of not assembling vehicles in Nigeria as it claimed.
This was made known by The Chairman, Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff, Hope Uzodinma while briefing journalists in Abuja on Monday.
According to NAN, while on an oversight visit to their plant in Lagos, they discovered a large number of vehicles in the company’s warehouses supposedly assembled and shipped into Nigeria.
Here is what Uzondinma had to say;
“What we discovered at the Volkswagen of Nigeria is an issue of national concern. We discovered that the type and number of vehicles we saw stored in that facility is very alarming and it does not help government’s intention for creating an auto policy that will create local empowerment.
“In spite of those restrictions, I am surprised that this company is able to manoeuvre to bring in foreign assembled plants.
“We will take it to every extent that it requires to ensure that every form of economic sabotage in this economy must be stopped and those behind those sabotage brought to book,’’
Critics of the National Assembly are often accused of embarking on these sort of investigations only to huff and puff and come up with nothing tangible.