President Muhammadu Buhari has given marching orders to the Ministery of Mines and Steel Development for the completion of Ajaokuta Steel Company.
Olamilekan Adegbite, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, disclosed this in Abuja during an interactive session with reporters on the proposed Nigerian solid minerals downstream workshop scheduled to hold December 2.
The minister who spoke through his Special Adviser on Special Duty, Mr Sunny Ekozin said the ministry had been working ’round the clock to actualise the ‘presidential directives’.
“For the past three months, we have been doing everything possible to ensure we make progress and we are happy to let the nation know that the president has given us full backing in this assignment.
“The support given by the president include political backing to ensure that Ajaokuta works and by the grace of God it will work soon,” he said.
The minister also said part of the directives by Buhari was for the sector to solve long intractable problems bedeviling the solid minerals and to ensure Nigeria could rely on the sector to diversify its economy.
He said after articulating the problems for the past three months, the administration was on the path to harnessing the potential that abound in the minerals sector for the benefit of the people in the country.
Adegbite explained that one of the steps taken was the current process of developing the Nigerian Downstream Mineral Policy.
According to him, the policy is first of its kind in the history of the country.