Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is very passionate about the completion and effective operation of the Ajaokuta Steel Company, located in Kogi state.
Speaking on Monday in Ajaokuta during a one day official visit to the company, Fayemi said the new government is taking a holistic look at the company to ensure that the steel complex works for the benefit of Nigerians.
“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,” the minister said.
“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.”
Speaking earlier, the sole Administrator of the company, Engr. Isah Joseph Onobere, said that since the determination of the Russian contract, the original designers of the company, in 1994, no significant progress was made in the fortunes of the company.
Onobere called on the FG to ensure the timely completion of the company, saying that the minister’s visit after few months in office, is a clear demonstration of government’s good intention to complete the steel plant.