By Onogwu Muhammed
Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello on Monday paid a courtesy visit on the Russian Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency, Alexey Shebarshin at the Russian Embassy in Abuja for discussions ahead of the planned completion and revival of the Ajaokuta Steel Complex.
The governor who was accompanied by his Chief of Staff, Jamiu Abdulkareem Asuku; Commissioner for Finance and Economic Planning, Idris Asiwaju Asiru; State’s Accountant General, Jibrin Momoh and state’s Audutor-General , Okala Yusuf arrived the Russian Embassy at noon.
Governor Bello said his visit to the Russian Ambassador was to convey the goodwill message of the people of Kogi state to the Russian Government through her embassy for the Oct 22, 2019 Sochi Agreement between the Russian Government and Nigeria to revive Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited.
The Governor assured the Ambassador of the readiness of his administration to see that Ajaokuta works for Kogi people and Nigeria at large.
He also told the Russian Ambassador that Kogi state possesses enormous opportunities and called on the Russian Government to partner with the state to develop Agricultural and energy sectors in the state.
The Governor who praised President Muhammadu Buhari for taking up negotiations with the Russian Government to revive the steel company, pointed out that Ajaokuta will make Nigeria the industrial hub of the world.
In his remarks, Shebarshin assured Bello that the Russian Government was fully ready to come down to complete the steel complex following Mr. President’s visit to the Russian President Vladimir Putin in October, 2019.
He said they were now waiting for the Nigerian Government to put its house together for them to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).