Why Nigeria retains workers in Ajaokuta Steel Company without full operations: Official

*The Federal Government explains the plants in Ajaokuta Steel Company are still functional, but at full production, the company is capable of employing 10,000 workers in the Nigerian economy

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Arc. Olamilekan Adegbite, Honourable Minister for Mines and Steel Development has explained the reason workers are retained at the Ajaokuta Steel Company, in Kogi State.

The Minister, while featuring in a forum of the News Agency of Nigeria, in Abuja, FCT, disclosed it is the need to protect the technical infrastructure from vandalism.

Stressing this measure is important to keep the place running, the Minister noted the successive governments could still talk about the ailing company because of the few workers keeping the place running till date.

Adegbite stated: “The steel territory where Ajaokuta sits is about three times bigger than the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

“So, you can imagine an investment of that magnitude being left without people to maintain.”

He also stated: “If everybody is withdrawn from there, we would not be seated here today talking about Ajaokuta because it will not exist anymore.

“You know who we are. If that place is left like that people will cannibalise the place and turn everything into scrap.”

The Minister further emphasised that the plants in the facility are still functional, but at full production, the company is capable of employing 10,000 workers in the economy.

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