Ajaokuta: CSO demands rep in APPIT for equity



By Chimezie Godfrey

Participants at the November 25 National Conference on Ajaokuta Steel Project have demanded for Representatives in the membership Ajaokuta Presidential Project Team, APPIT.

The participants who were more than 70 and representing various sectors the economy urged President Muhammadu Buhari to slots to at least one non-state actor in the Committee to sense belonging to the people, especially as the demand for the revival Ajaokuta Steel heightened to a level never before.

While rounding up at a one-day national conference on Ajaokuta Steel Project and President Muhammadu Buhari Industrialization Agenda, the participants comprising unionists the steel sector, non-governmental organisations, NGOs, community based organisations and media executives, made the demand as the resolution the participants at the conference.

The inclusion representatives CSOs in the composition APPIT, the participants argued, will more confidence on the sincerity the Buhari administration to deliver on its promise to revival the moribund Ajaokuta Steel Company.

Further, the participants observed that while the ongoing efforts by the President is commendable, the involvement of CSOs in the process will help greatly in making the members work according to promise.

It will also serve as a feedback mechanism to the general public who are anxious daily to see results the APPIT since it’s inauguration two years ago.

The conference which held on Thursday November 25 in Abuja had the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Ministers of Mines and Steel Development as well as that of Science, Technology and Innovation in attendance.

Others include the Sole Administrator of Ajaokuta Steel Limited, the academia and the organisers private sector.