The House of Representatives Committee on Steel has said there is the need for concerted efforts by relevant authorities to ensure that the Ajaokuta Steel Complex becomes fully operational.
Chairman of the committee, Hon Abdullahi Ibrahim Halims, made the call during an oversight visit with other members of the committee to the Ministry of Mines and Steel development in Abuja.
Halims said when operational, the facility would significantly contribute to the growth of the country. He said it would create job opportunities and also help to address the issue of insecurity arising from unemployment of youths.
“To be succinct and precise, the purpose of this oversight/inspection is to see how the working of the ministry is fairing, gather information, identify challenges, build synergy and to look for ways to resolve issues that need government input through legislative actions.
“Nigeria, today faces enormous challenges in human, social and economic development. The increasing level of violence and insecurity and deepening poverty and inequalities are demoralising and capable of inspiring action among political leaders.
“As we all know, the country is enmeshed in political activities geared towards shaping the nation for the better. Nevertheless, visits like this also broaden the horizon of political gladiators to see how government agencies through budgetary releases can foster and build confidence in our teeming youth through legislative engagements.
“I would want to urge and encourage the ministry to work closely with the committee. That way, together we can explore more opportunities for positive growth,” he said,