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Civil society holds confab on Ajaokuta Steel’s revival

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NGO Network, in collaboration with CSO Coalition for Ajaokuta Steel Revival and Institute for Governance and Leadership Studies in Africa, has concluded plans to hold a national conference on the revival of the steel firm.

Scheduled for November 25 this year and tagged: ‘First National Conference on Ajaokuta Steel Project and President Muhammadu Buhari Industrialisation Agenda’ the confab seeks to review the current situation regarding the steel industry and proffer solutions to the challenges facing its full completion and revitalisation.

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A statement signed by the Secretary to the Committee and Project Director for NGO Network, Mohammed Attah, said that the conference has become necessary in view of the lingering issue about its full operations, and the delay in the take-off following the inauguration of the Ajaokuta Presidential Project Implementation Team (APPIT) in 2020 but yet to commence activities due to internal issues.

The 15-member national Committee has Engr. Mohammed Lawal, a Board member of Nigeria National Petroleum Company, (NNPC), Otunba Dele Ajayi-Smith of African Centre for Development Foundation (ACDF), Hajia Zuwaira Gambo, a commissioner in Bornu state and Hajia Medina Dauda Nadabo of the Voice of America (VOA).

Others include Mr. Danlami Nmodu, Editor-in-Chief of Newsdiary Online, Mr. Wale Abydeen, Publisher of Security Monitor, and Mr. August Paul Agbo, Chief Operating Officer of Leadership Newspaper.

Meanwhile, representatives of the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel, the supervising Ministry, and the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation are expected to join the team soon.

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