The chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria,(ALGON), Kogi state, Aloysius Okino has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to sustain the current efforts aimed at completing the Ajaokuta Steel Complex in Kogi state.
In a statement issued yesterday by the Special Adviser to ALGON on Media and Strategy, Ibrahim Obansa, the chairman expressed confidence in the present efforts of government to complete the ailing project and put it to commercial use.
Okino who is also the chairman of Ajaokuta local government area in Kogi state, said that the various partnership agreements already approved by the federal government is a welcome development, urging the technical partners to bring their wealth of experience to bear in the operation of the company.
“I am particularly impressed with the activities of Reprom Company Limited who has already mobilized to site. The bringing in of the required spare parts for the reactivation of the mill shows that they are committed. I urged them not to relent in their effort” He said
The chairman commended the zeal of Gov. Idris Wada, the Minister of mines and steel Arct. Muhammed Sada and the new management of the company in ensuring that the huge investment of the federal government was not wasted.
According to him, Ajaokuta local government, being the host council would continue to complement the efforts of the state governor, Capt. Idris Wada by providing an enabling environment to ease the operations of the company.
While stressing that steel sector has the potential to rival the oil, he maintained that the country is loosing greatly due to the non completion of the plant, in terms of foreign earnings, employment generation, industrialization of the country and acquisition of technical expertise.
”Nigeria is loosing greatly from the non operation of the plant in terms of employment generation, foreign earnings and acquisition of technical expertise. The steel sector is a viable alternative to the oil” Okino maintained.