FG To Raise N35 Billion To Start Ajaokuta Steel Plant

Ajaokuta Steel Company

By tapping into the local financial market, the Federal Government hopes to raise around N35 billion for the Ajaokuta Light Steel Mill. Following a meeting with President Bola Tinubu on Thursday in Abuja, the Minister of Steel Development, Mr. Shuaibu Audu, communicated this information with State House Correspondents.

He went on to say that the mill’s primary goal would be to produce iron rods for the administration’s road development plan, with the ultimate goal of creating thousands of employment in the nation.

He stated, “The Minister of Works, Sen. David Umahi, has already written a letter through his ministry, guaranteeing that there will be off-takers in the iron rods that are being produced.

“Basically, the precedent is on the Renewed Hope Agenda which the Minister of Works is driving plans to construct about 30,000 kilometres of roads across Nigeria, where they will need about 7 million metric tonnes of iron rods.”

“We can produce about 400,000 tonnes of those iron rods in Ajaokuta if we’re able to restart the steel plant. Mr President gave approval for us to raise money locally,”

Audu mentioned that discussions were actively underway with local financiers, and the finalization of the arrangements is expected within the next few weeks to ensure a swift commencement of the project.

The minister also highlighted a joint meeting with the President and the Minister of Defence, Muhammed Badaru, regarding the Ajaokuta Steel plant.

He specified that this discussion focused on the establishment of military hardware, with a Chinese firm demonstrating a robust commitment to the project.

Mr. Shuaibu Audu further mentioned that talks were held regarding the commitment of a Chinese company at the G20 summit in India. The company has expressed a willingness to invest $5 billion in the steel sector of the economy.

He mentioned that the President has approved the establishment of a ministerial committee to supervise the implementation of this investment in the country.

Audu specified that the committee would include key stakeholders within the government, such as the Ministers of Finance, Trade and Investments, Defence, Solid Minerals, and Steel Development.

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