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RELIEF As NASS Promises To Fast-track Ajaokuta Steel Mill Rehabilitation

The Senate and the House of Representatives Joint Committee on Privatization has promised to work with other stakeholders to ensure the quick resuscitation of Ajaokuta Steel Company in Kogi State.

The Chairman of the committee, Sen. Ben Murray-Bruce made the pledge, on Tuesday when he led other members of the committee on an inspection tour of facilities at the company premises at Ajaokuta.

Murray-Bruce expressed shock that a project in which government had sunk over 4.6 billion dollars could be allowed to be waste away.

He said that a public hearing would be held on the company on Thursday as part of efforts to bring it back on track.

“I am directing the Ministry of Solid Minerals and Steel to get the management of AJaokuta Steel Company to be at the Senate 10 a.m. Thursday morning. I am giving a directive. I am not asking a question.

“The ministry must be represented`; we are going to discuss this in the full view of the Nigerian public and we will not leave there until we find solution to Nigeria’s problems.

“When we are done, we will proceed to see the Vice President. He is head of the Economic Council; We will find solution to this problem; we are not going to come here for fun. This is a very serious issue,” Murray-Bruce said.

The committee blamed the company’s woes on past administrations and attributed the problem bedeviling the company to a lack of coordination.

“For 22 years, they should have had a plan through the Minister of National Planning. The Minister of National Planning should be the one integrating the policies of any government in power at any particular time.”

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