The Volkswagen automobile group of Nigeria (VON) has refuted claims by the chairman, Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff, Hope Uzodinma, to the effect that the company is sabotaging the economy. A statement by Managing Director of the VON Automobiles, Mr. Tokunbo Aromolaran, yesterday denied allegations of economic sabotage or any other form of non-compliance or wrongdoing in its business operations.
According to the statement, the Chairman of the Senate Committee, in company of about 30 people, comprising senators, officers of Nigerian Customs Service, pressmen and policemen descended on the VON premises on October 28 without prior notification.
”They were given free access to our plants and warehouses and found nothing other than what you would expect to see in an auto assembly plant – an inventory of vehicles assembled awaiting delivery. We also confirmed that applicable duties were paid at the ports when the components were imported into the country,” the company said, adding: ”VON is a company that has collaborated with several multinational automotive giants in bringing foreign investments and technology into Nigeria, thereby setting the foundation for the country to become the region’s leader in automotive industry. Read more