By G9ija

Coalition for the Revival of Ajaokuta Steel has advised the federal government to consider moving the Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited (ASCL) from the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel to any of the organs of the Presidency.

The group’s call came amidst growing national and international concerns over the delay in the resuscitation of the Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited to full capacity utilisation. In a letter dated July 27 and addressed to the minister of Science and Technology and copied to the President, the Chief of Staff to the President, Secretary to the Federal Government of the Federation (SGF) and the minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, as well as the supervising ministry, the NGO Network advised the administration that for the steel company to meet the vision of the present administration and for effective administration of the stable, there is urgent need to move ASLC to the Presidency.

The letter, which was signed by the project director, Mr Mohammed Bougei Attah, made reference to the June 11, 2020 letter sent to the chairman, Ajaokuta Presidential Project Implementation Team (APPIT) which is yet to see the light one year after.

The statement read in parts, ‘’Our organisation, NGO Network, having engaged with the process in the past is very much aware of the myriad of challenges hindering the full implementation of the APPIT, and have therefore proposed the following two critical approaches in finding quick solutions to the stagnation and bottlenecks.” Titled: “Presidential Executive Order No.5 of 2018”, the letter drew the attention of the minister to the important role the Order can play in ensuring the Ajaokuta Steel Company is completed without further delay