The Nigeria Union of Mines Workers has appealed to the Federal Government to summon the political will and inject funds for the completion and operationalization of the Ajaokuta steel plant.
This it said will create jobs and revenue for the country.
Chairman of the union, Ajaokuta Steel branch, Comrade Mohammed Abdulsalam Jimoh while making the appeal in Lokoja, Kogi State, on Monday, said the moribund Ajaokuta steel plant, if completed is capable of generating over 50, 000 direct jobs, aside others to be created through the evolving downstream sector can half unemployment rate by half.
“Since one of the agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is to create jobs for the teeming unemployed youth and to also fight the high rate of insecurity in the country. If the president can focus on Ajaokuta steel company and make the industry operational, significant percentages of the country’s unemployment problems will be resolved.
“If the Ajaokuta steel industry is functioning, it will add appreciable quantity of megawatts to the national grid and the issue of poor power supply will also be reduced tremendously.
“Therefore, we are appealing to the federal government to summon the political will, in the interest of Nigerians, to complete the giant integrated steel plant in Africa,” he said.