Roger Brown, Seplat CEO’s work allow, visa revoked over racism, others

Roger Brown, Seplat CEO’s work allow, visa revoked over racism, others

The work allow, visa, and residence allow of Roger Brown, Chief Govt Officer (CEO) of Seplat Vitality Plc of Seplat Vitality Plc has been revoked by the Minister of Inside.

BusinessDay learnt that the minister’s hammer fell on Brown over allegations of racism, favouring of overseas staff, and discriminating towards Nigerian staff levelled towards him by staff of the corporate.

Our supply mentioned Brown was additionally accused by the Federal Authorities of being in possession of a Mixed Expatriate Residence Allow and Aliens Card (CERPAC) not based mostly on a legitimate Expatriate Quota.

It was additionally alleged that the CEO didn’t honour invites by the Ministry’s panel, which investigated the matter.

Telephones calls to Chioma Nwachuku, Director Exterior Affairs and Sustainability, Seplat Vitality Plc didn’t undergo as on the time of submitting this report.

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Roger, a British, joined Seplat on 2013 because the Chief Monetary Officer (CFO) and was chosen the corporate’s new CEO in November 2019, however successfully assumed the workplace in 2020.

The revocation was contained in a March 3, 2023 letter to the Board Chairman of Seplat Vitality Plc by the Minister of Inner Affairs, which was sighted by our reporter on the Federal Excessive Court docket Lagos on Wednesday, the place some involved stakeholders have instituted a authorized continuing towards Seplat on this respect.

The end result of the court docket case continues to be being awaited as on the time of submitting this report.

The letter entitled “Withdrawal of Work Allow, CERPAC, Visa/Residence Allow of Mr. Roger Thompson Brown – CEO, SEPLAT Vitality Plc” was signed by Akinola M. Adesina, director 2, citizenship and enterprise for honorable minister, addressed to the chairman board of administrators of SEPLAT.

“I write to tell you that the Ministry is in receipt of a petition from the Solicitor to the involved staff and stakeholders of Seplat Vitality PLC accusing Mr. Rogers Thomson Brown, the CEO of the businesses of assorted allegations.

“These accusations embrace racism, favouring overseas staff and discriminating towards Nigerian staff. Testimony was obtained from a number of witnesses, which supported the allegations. Mr. Roger T. Brown declined to attend regardless of two invites, claiming to be unavailable though we learnt he was in Abuja for different functions on the time.

“Investigation and data within the Ministry additionally revealed that Mr. Roger Brown was in possession of CERPAC that was not based mostly on validly issued Expatriate Quota accredited by the Ministry of Inside ensuing to the violation of related Immigration Legal guidelines and Laws. Because of these, the Honourable Minister has decided that Mr. Brown’s continued keep in Nigeria is opposite to nationwide curiosity.

“Consequently, the Ministry has withdrawn the Work Allow CERPAC, Visa, Residence Allow and all related paperwork that authorised Mr. Roger Thomson Brown’s entry or keep in Nigeria”, the letter said.

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