The federal government has vowed to revive the Ajaokuta Steel Company in Kogi state and get it to production capacity.
The newly sworn-in minister of steel development, Shuaibu Abubakar Audu, said this after his swearing in on Monday.
“Though there are many steel companies in the country and we can only tackle one at a time. It is time to move the country to the G-20 industrialised nations,” he said.
“The mandate of Mr. President is to ensure that we get it right in the steel sector and as a young ministry, we would work towards the production of steel in the country in know distance time.
“The mandate of Mr. President is to ensure that we get it right in the steel sector and as a young ministry, we would work towards the production steel in the country in no distant time.
“We are set to kick start the Ajaokuta Steel machine and Nigeria cannot afford to fail in steel production,” he added.
Similarly, the minister of solid minerals, Dele Alake, has pledged to begin implementation of President Bola Tinubu’s ‘Renewed Hope’ agenda for the solid minerals sector.
Alake disclosed this during his assumption of duty at the Ministry’s headquarters in Abuja, where he said that his team are absolutely committed to ensuring the solid minerals sector is galvanized in accordance with Mr President’s directive based on the mandate of the sector.
The new minister also made it known that there will be an unveiling of a roadmap for the minerals sector in the coming days.
“Having worked with Mr President in his cabinet as a commissioner for eight years, I understood what results are, and we are here to achieve results. I believe we can do it with all hands on deck,” Alake said.
“We won’t allow bottlenecks to stifle our set goals, it is either you shape in or you ship out.
“If you can really sit down to listen, you would understand that hydrocarbon is fading out and the attention of the world is shifting to solid minerals. So, we must get it right,” he added.