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Russia Africa Summit: Nigeria govt assures on completion of Ajaokuta steel complex

Abdullahi Shehu, Nigerian Ambassador to Russia, and His Excellency, Kashim Shettima, Nigeria Vice President at the Russia Africa Sumit held in Russia, recently.

‘Having a vibrant steel industry is an essential component for industrialization in any nation and I can assure you that Tinubu’s administration will compleat it’

By Valentine Amanze

The federal government of Nigeria has prioritized the speedy completion of Ajaoknta Steel Company to facilitate its rapid industrial revitalization policy.

The Vice President, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, disclosed this to the Nigerian communities in Russia, while explaining his motive of attending the Russia African Sumit on behalf of the federal government.

He also revealed that the Ajaokuta Steel Company project was 97 percent completed, stressing that the government was ready to partner at any level in all sectors for development.

His words: “I am here to assure the completion of the Ajaokuta соmpany. Nigeria has sank about $10 billion into the project.

“The project is about 97 percent completed. The steel company will be a game changer once completed.

“Having a vibrant steel industry is an essential component for industrialization in any nation and I can assure you that Tinubu’s administration will compleat it.

“We will take most of you that have skills in applied sciences back home, and we will also take most of you that have excelled in different fields of education home to impact our national development.

“Our target is to employ 10,0000 Nigerians into the digital space.”

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The vice president however urged the Nigerians in the Diaspora to come back home and invest as the government was poised to providing an investment friendly environment.

On the embassy accommodation, the vice president promised that the Tinubu-led government would build a permanent accommodation for the embassy.

In his remarks, the Nigerian Ambassador to Russia, Abdullahi Shehu, stated that with the new vision of renewed hope of the Tinubu-led government, the country would be repositioned.

Shehu appealed to Nigerians to be patient with the government following the recent removal of fuel subsidy.

On his part, Sampson Uwem-Edimo, Chairman, Nigerians In Diaspora Organization, Russian Chapter (NIDO Russia) and MD/CEO of Trailtrans Group (operating in Russia, Eastern Europe and Middle East), noted that Africa, and Nigeria in particular, has a chance of gaining technological sovereignty, harness opportunities for direct and expanded trade and investment, acquire knowledge for homeland development through technology transfer and education.

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