AJAOKUTA STEEL AND ITAKPE MINING COMPANY ON THE RISE AGAIN
The federal government and the national assembly have resolved to make ajaokuta steel company limited and the national iron ore mining company, itakpe work in order to position the economy on the path of industrialization.
The resolve was made by the federal government through the ministry of mines and steel development who was represented by arc olamilekan adegbite and senate who was represented by the leader of the senate, sen yahaya abdullahi during a courtesy visit to the governor of kogi state, yahaya bello, who was represented by the deputy governor, edward onoja, while on tour of ajaokuta steel company and national iron ore mining company.
Other members of the senate delegation include senate minority leader, sen enyinnaya abaribe, senate committee chairman on mining and metallurgy, sen umar tanko al-makura, vice chairman, senate committee on mining and metallurgy, sen oriolowo adeyemi, and sen. Yakubu oseni.
According to adegbite, ajaokuta and niomco, itakpe are like conjion twin, which cannot be separated, adding that if ajaokuta is fixed today, it will offer over 10, 000 employment opportunities directly,apart from the employments it will generate indirectly from other associated ventures thereat.
He also maintained that the government will ensure that ajaokuta comes alive and functioning based on the effort put in place by the buhari-led administration.
According to the minister, russians who have undertaken to come and complete ajaokuta steel company will soon be in nigeria to audit the company as soon as international airspace is reopened and the covid-19 protocols are eased further.
In his remarks, the senate leader, sen yahaya abdullahi said the essence of their visit to ajaokuta steel company and niomco is to see what is on the ground, and also to get first-hand information that would enable them to assist the federal government actualize the effort of the federal government on ajaokuta steel company, which also wake-up other allied industries, as it is part of their oversight function to monitor what will be happening in ajaokuta and itakpe.
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In his reaction, the kogi state deputy governor, edward onoja, who received the visiting teams on behalf of governor yahaya bello, said the state is endowed with various solid minerals of which only a little has been tapped, urging willing local and international investors to come to the state and invest in any minerals of their choice.