Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has reassured Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari is very passionate about the completion of Ajaokuta Steel Company in Kogi State and he will ensure that company is beneficial to all Nigerians.
Following a one day official visit to the company, Fayemi said “I want to let you know that the President is very passionate about the Ajaokuta steel company. We will take a look at the company holistically with a view of making it work for the benefits of Nigerians.
“We are looking at the entire steel complex. We are not going to segment the plant. We are told that the captive power plant, has been reactivated. After taking the one needed by the company, we will be happy if Kogi and its environs could benefit from the remaining Megawatt.”
Sole Administrator of the company, Isah Joseph Onobere, has earlier told the Minister that no significant progress has been made in the company since the determination of the Russian contract, the original designers of the company, in 1994.
He said “The campaign is to ensure that the company perpetually remain a dumping ground for steel products from the developed nations.
“I commended the workers of the company for there resilience. They have shown uncommon patriotism in defending and protecting the steel plant equipment and facilities in the last 21 years.”