- The Senate Committee on Mines, Solid mineral and Steel Development has applauded the Management and staff of the Ajaokuta Steel Company for keeping the giant steel industry intact and safe from vandalization even after almost four decades of abandonment.
Senate leader, Senator Abdullahi Yahaya gave the commendation on Friday when he led the senate committee on Solid Mineral, Mines, Steel Development and metallurgy to Ajaokuta steel industry to asses the current status of the steel plant.
Senator Abdullahi said their visit was borne out of the desire of the senate to support the diversification of the nation’s economy through investment in solid mineral, agriculture and steel development by the federal government.
He described the abandonment of the steel plant for almost forty years as a monumental waste, adding that the neglect of the industry has actually set the country backward in the area of attaining the industrialization plans the country has been craving for.
He appreciated and commended the staff and the management of the steel plant for their collective commitments that has kept the plant intact for many years of total abandonment.
“We have seen the components of Ajaokuta steel company for ourselves, we are happy and glad to say that at least 95 per cent of the work done are still in good shape and ready for completion”
“For almost fourty years of neglect, the buildings, the structures and the equipment are still solid as if it was just yesterday the steel plant was erected. We have every cause to thank the management and staff of the industry for their commitment that kept this place to the status we have witnessed today”
The Minister of Solid Mineral, Mines and Steel Development Arch. Olamilekan Adegbite, in his remark expressed surprise why previous government would allow this money spinning giant industry to waste.
“Every thing has its own time and I am sure this is the right time to put this steel plant in operation and with the support of God, the President and the National Assembly we would get it right this time”
Earlier, the Sole Administrator of the steel plant Engr. Sumaila Abdul-Akaba in his overview of Ajaokuta steel company, said the concept of engineering is universal and the technological application can not change but can be improved upon for efficiency.
He faulted the claims in some quarters that Ajaokuta steel plant is obsolete, saying the steel plant was established via blast furnace that is still the best technology the world over till date.
“The steel plant in Ajaokuta is a brand new plant. The technology of the steel plant is basically blast furnace and the major steel productions as at today all over the world uses this technology of blast furnace because it is simple, it can use low quality iron Ore and highly efficient” he added.
The Sole Administrator, commended the Senate for delegating its leadership to visit the steel plant with a view to having first hand information about the status of the industry.