NGO Hails President Buhari, Kogi Gov On Moves To Revive Ajaokuta Steel Complex

A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), De Club 10 Nigeria, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the recent inauguration of Ajaokuta Presidential Project Implementation Committee (APPIC), which it described as the positive first major move to revive the long-abandoned steel project.

The club, in separate open letters, also congratulated Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, over the move, which it said, confirmed the efforts of the governor in the same direction.

The letters signed by the group’s president, Saidu Yusuf, recalled the long-drawn politics that had dogged the Ajaokuta steel project, both locally and internationally, and expressed happiness that President Buhari had been able to “meandered through such political manoeuvres.”

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The club suggested to the president, however, to consider including in the presidential committee, one or two persons from the local communities, such as Okene, Adavi, Ihina and others “for better and effective representation.”

De Club 10 said its members had remained committed to the revival of the Ajaokuta steel project the same way Mr Bello had been.

“It is quite imaginable and refreshing to be alive to witness the positive move by President Buhari to actualise the dream and prayer of ours, and that of communities, within and without.

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“We have no doubt that this national pride and great revenue source will take off and flourish before you honourably bow out after your glorious second tenure as ‘the doing president’ of our time.

“We, as a club, had been steadfast in support of the move by your excellency and the government you head to move this country to positive next level, and are determined, with this move to revive Ajaokuta Steel Complex, to even offer unqualified support to the government as time evolves,” the club said.

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