The Honourable Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has received in audience, the National Planning Committee members for the upcoming National Conference on Ajaokuta Steel Project and President Muhammadu Buhari Industrialization Agenda.
Receiving the 5-member committee today in his office at the Federal Secretariat in Abuja, the Minister welcomed the members and thanked them for the patriotic and selfless efforts towards the revival of Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited.
Dr. Onu noted that the planned Conference is not only very important, but timely because it will serve as avenue for the first time to bring all stakeholders together to chat a way forward on the revival of the Steel Complex. He said the current initiative by Civil Society Organizations, CSOs to support Federal Government efforts is highly commendable and promised that his Ministry will pull all its weight behind the committee to enhance the success of the Conference and the final revival of the Steel Plant.
Speaking further, the Minister recognizes the important role the CSOs have set for themselves and the nation, as it has shown patriotism, love for the country and exemplary move in nation building. He therefore reiterated the Ministry’s commitment to support any initiative like this one, to make Ajaokuta Steel Company come back to life.
Earlier, the leader of the group Dr. Lanre Adebayo, who serves as Co-Chairman of the Committee thanked the Honourable Minister and his team for always responding to serious national calls such as this. He commended the Minister for his pure and true love for Nigeria as shown in the past till now that he is the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation. There is no better Minister to man the Ministry at this trying period in the life of Nigeria.
Other members of the Planning Committee in attendance include Danlami Nmodu, mni, Editor in chief of Newsdiary Online, Hajia Medina Dauda Nadabo, VOA Bureau Coordinator and Programme Officer and Mohammed Bougei Attah, Project Director of NGO Network and Secretary of the Planning Committee.