He also said that for the steel company to sustain uninterrupted production of steel for some years, NIOMCO needed to stockpile iron ore at its premises and at Ajaokuta.
He, therefore, stressed the need for the iron ore company to begin production of iron concentrates well ahead of commencement of production of steel by Ajaokuta Steel Company.
He appealed to the Federal Government to award contract for the rehabilitation facilities in the plant.
He also called for speedy resolution of the court case between Global Infrastructure Nigeria Ltd and the Federal Government over the termination of concession agreement on NIOMCO.
He said when on stream with necessary facilities, the company could produce about 36,000 tonnes of iron ore concentrates per month.
“At that level of production, our in-house study has shown that the operating cost per tonne shall be about N7,000.
In his remark, the minister said that the federal government was doing everything possible to see that NIOMCO resumed production.
Sada said the National Industrial Revolution Plan recently launched by the government would address the challenges of the company and help it meet its mandate. (NAN)