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Government, investors to sign MOU on re-opening of Ajaokuta steel company

10 June 2014, 21:37

Lokoja - The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Musa Sada, says the completed facilities at the Ajaokuta Steel Company in Kogi State will soon commence operations.

The minister, who made the disclosure in Lokoja, said the federal government would soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with some private investors.

Sada said at the beginning of a three-day working tour of the company with his counterpart in the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment, Dr Olusegun Aganga, that the investors were trade partners and not core investors.

He said the investors would be engaged on a short-term basis to operate the completed facilities, adding that the approach was to avoid past mistakes.

Sada said that the move would save machines at the company from further deterioration, adding that the steel company workers were among the best trained.

The minister also said that the steel sector was very crucial to the attainment of industrial revolution, hence, the attention being paid to it.

He said the team would also visit the mining sites in Koton Large and other communities, saying that government planned to use the sector as an alternative to oil in terms of revenue and job creation.

Speaking also, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment, said the government is committed to the revitalization of the largest steel company in West Africa and other steel companies in the country in a bid to revolutionize the nation’s economy.

The minister, who highlighted the country's achievement in automobile assembly plants, said also that local manufacturing of some vital motor parts would commence soon.

Gov. Idris Wada of Kogi in his remarks expressed delight over the decision to reopen the completed parts of the steel company.

He also applauded the gradual approach to the completion of the project and commended President Goodluck Jonathan for fulfilling his 2011 electioneering campaign promise on the project.

-       NAN

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