Ajaokuta Steel Complex

The Federal Government says it has reached an advanced stage of raising more than N35 billion required to restart the Light Mill Section (LMS) of the Ajaokuta Steel Company.

Minister of Steel Development Prince Shuaibu Audu said this at the Ministerial Sectoral Update on the performance of President Bola Tinubu’s administration in one year in Abuja on Thursday, May 23, 2024.

Audu said a presidential approval had been given to raise the amount from a local financial institution, as part of Tinubu’s administration resolve to boost the economic profile of Nigeria.

The minister said: “The local financial institution has given us a final offer.

“I have done a cover letter and forwarded the relevant documents to the Minister of Finance to be able to take the financing on behalf of the Federal Government.”

He noted that the LSM had the capacity of producing 400,000 metric tonnes of iron rods per annum, and was critical in shoring up industrialisation in Nigeria.

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Audu further disclosed that he is working closely with the Minister of Works to supply the iron rods needed for road construction projects in the country from the section.

Audu added: “There are so many roads being constructed in the country; about 30,000km of roads across the six geo-political zones.

“We understand that the Ministry of Works needs about seven million metric tonnes of iron rods over that four-year period (first term) to construct these roads, Ajaokuta can produce 400,000 tonnes.”

He said advanced discussions were held with the Minister of Defence, who is in charge of the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), to revive its engineering workshop to produce military hardware to enhance security in Nigeria.

“So what is required is that we have a Metallurgical Development Centre that has the ability to provide us with the lead and zinc required, to be able to provide and produce some of these military hardware,” the minister noted.

Audu added that plans were ongoing to revive the Ajaokuta 110 Megawatts power plant that could supply power not only to the plant but also to the national grid.

The Star



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