The Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation, Senator Smart Adeyemi, has called on the Federal Government to let Kogi State Government take over Ajaokuta Iron and Steel “if it (FG) cannot revive it”.
Adeyemi made this call on Thursday in Abuja while addressing newsmen at the public hearing on his rent bill slated for March 30.
He said the abandoned Ajaokuta Steel Complex had the potential of providing employment to over 50,000 Nigerians if revitalised.
He said, “It is saddening that a potential game-changer for the nation’s monolithic economy which started in 1980s, is still at the stage of abandonment.
“If the Federal Government is not ready to see to its completion and functionality, it should be handed over to Kogi State which I believe will do the needful the way the Kaduna State Government built an iron ore firm recently with potential for thousands of jobs creation for the youth and quantum wealth generation for the State.
“The President Muhammadu Buhari-led government is no doubt, trying, as far as building of infrastructures are concerned but such legacies without completion of Ajaokuta and provision of functions refineries; will not make much impacts economically.”