Lagos- The Iron and Steel Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ISSSAN) on Sunday in Lagos called on the Federal Government to complete the Ajaokuta Steel Company in Kogi for national industrial growth.
The association’s National Secretary, Mr Titus Orimijupa, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the revival of the industry was key to industrial development and mass employment.
Workers in the company had in October commended the federal government for its efforts in reviving the industry.
Orimijupa said the government should do all within its power to complete the project had been abandoned for several decades.
According to him, the coming on stream of the industry will give the economy the much-needed shot in the arm.
“The government should to show the political will to complete the Ajaokuta Steel Company.
“The government needs the same will to revive the Delta Steel Company and others to make them productive,’’ he said.
Orimijupa said other countries should not be allowed to “smoke’’ Nigeria out of steel business.
He said: The sector has been taken over by the Asians.
“If steel is fully revived, the country stands the good chance of recording massive technological and economic advancement.
“It will definitely engage a lot of young Nigerians as it will reduce the increasing rate of unemployment and youth unrest.’’
The ISSSAN scribe noted that the steel industry would enhance agricultural transformation, automobile industries, construction works among others. (NAN)