How coronavirus stalled resuscitation of Ajaokuta Steel Plant 


By Kadiri Abdulrahman

An envisaged resuscitation of “Nigeria’s sick baby”, the Ajaokuta Steel Plant has been stalled by the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Minister of Mines and Steel Development.

The building of the plant commenced in 1979, when President Shehu Shagari and his Russian counterpart, President Leonid Brezhnev signed a deal to build the plant.

The plant was conceived to be the largest of its type in Africa and it was expected to be the spring board for Nigeria’s technological advancement.

However, the building of the plant has been characterized by tales of woe and failed hopes, according to analysts.

Speaking at the flagship News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja on Sunday, Mr Olamilekan Adegbite, lamented that plans by the Federal Government to resuscitate the plant had been stalled by the outbreak of COVID-19.

He said that government had envisaged to get the plant running by 2022 but that the plan was stalled by the outbreak of…

Source: News Agency of Nigeria