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Union seeks revival of Ajaokuta steel company to create jobs

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The Iron and Steel Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ISSAN) has urged the Federal Government to ensure timely completion of the Ajaokuta steel company, which has the capacity to generate direct 150,000 jobs.

The Chairman of the Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited (ASCL) branch of ISSAN, Salami Momoh Jimoh, who stated this recently on the sideline of the May Day celebration in Lokoja, called for revival of the complex before its concession to investors. 

He said: “ASLC is the largest steel industry in the entire Africa and the 3rd largest in the world. It is an integrated plant whereby you start a process and you end it within the complex in Ajaokuta without taking it out. 

“So the ASCL has a lot of advantages if the Federal Government can have that political will and complete the project in no distant time.”

He commended the Speaker of the House of Representatives; Hon. Yakubu Dogara for his timely intervention when he visited the complex and stated that the House would not fold its hands and allow the company to be concessioned for the second time.

According to him, presently the Nigerian youths are underemployed and Ajaokuta steel company is a big solution if the government want to reduce the rate of unemployment in the country.

Continuing he said if there Nigerian Government is talking about electricity generation in Nigeria today Ajaokuta is very significant because even apart from what it generates in terms of electricity for consumption by the plant what would be sold to the national grid will generate N500m monthly for the company.

Momoh said the newly appointed Sole Administrator, Engineer Ismail Abdul Akaaba had focused on the power plant since he assumed office.

He added that very soon the power plant would start operation, which is a significant breakthrough in reducing the electricity problem in the country. 


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