Sen. Ahmed Ogembe (PDP, Kogi Central), has expressed optimism that the moribund Ajaokuta Steel Complex would soon be revived.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the firm, established about 40 years ago, has yet to resume production of steel, with successful administrations not able to agree over whether to use the blast furnace technology or change it.
Promises by various governments to resuscitate the firm into full activity had always come to nought.
But Ogembe, at a meeting with Ebira People’s Assembly, in Lokoja, gave an assurance that the firm would be brought to life.
“We are doing everything possible to make sure that the company comes back to life.
“We shall not rest until this objective is achieved,” a statement by Ogembe’s media Aide, Mr Yemi Duke, quoted the senator as saying.
At the meeting, which was attended by members of the House of Representatives from the constituency, the senator also expressed determinations to secure projects that would improve the living conditions of his people.
He said that he was working with those concerned toward the completion of the Ekuku and Osara dams, noting that the lingering shortage of water would become a thing of the past if they became functional.
Ogembe commended Gov. Yahaya Bello’s efforts toward improving the security situation in Kogi, and urged him to sustain the tempo so as to rid the state of criminal elements.
Earlier, the president of EPA, Dr. Abdulrahman Adeiza, had lauded the law makers’ efforts toward a better Egbira land, and pledged the constituents’ support for the success of such efforts.
He also commended their spirit of togetherness in spite of their political differences.
National Assembly lawmakers at the meeting included Tijani Damisa, Ahmed Lawal, Kabiru Ajana, among others.