Reps Committee seeks full operation of Ajaokuta Steel
Gloria Essien, Abuja
Nigeria’s House of Representatives Committee on Steel has called for concerted efforts by relevant authorities to ensure the Ajaokuta Steel Mill located in Kogi State is fully operational.
The Chairman of the Committee, Abdullahi Ibrahim Halims, made the call during an oversight visit with other members of the committee to the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development in Abuja.
Halims said that when operational, the facility would significantly contribute to the growth of the country.
He said that it would also create job opportunities and also help to address the issue of insecurity arising from unemployment of the youths.
“To be succinct and precise, the purpose of this oversight/inspection is to see how the workings of the Ministry is fairing, gather information, identify challenges, build synergy and to look for ways to resolve issues that need government input through legislative actions. Nigeria today faces enormous challenges in human, social and economic development. The increasing level of violence and insecurity and the deepening poverty and inequalities are demoralizing but also capable of inspiring action amongst political leaders. As we all know, the country is enmeshed in political activities geared toward shaping the nation for the better. Nevertheless, visits like this also broaden the horizon of political gladiators to see how government Agencies through budgetary releases can foster and build confidence in our teeming youth through legislative engagements. I would urge and encourage the Ministry to work closely with the Committee. That way, together we can explore more opportunities for positive growth.”
The Minister of State of the Ministry, Gbemisola Saraki, regretted that so far, no steel has been developed at the mill.
She said that the Ministry was committed to working with relevant authorities to ensure it delivers on its mandate.