Recently, President Muhammadu Buhari, made news around the globe as he turned down assent towards revitalization of Ajaokuta Steel Complex.
This development has got a lot of Nigerians reacting asking President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently reconsider his decision in the interest of the Nation.
One of those Acegist captures his opinion, is Sani Michael Omakoji, who says his is not surprised at Buhari’s refusal to assent to the bill.
Let us read what he has to say;
” Recall that when President Muhammadu Buhari visited Kogi State for his reelection bid in January 2019, he bluntly refused to talk about Ajaokuta Steel Complex because that was/is not one of his major priorities.
Governor Yahaya Bello had to force him when he whistled into his ears to speak on Ajaokuta Steel Complex and the Father of the Nation said, ” Your Governor just reminded me about Ajaokuta Steel Complex… We are going to do everything possible to revive it if you vote our party APC, into power again”.
After all said and done, today, whichever way election was conducted, President Muhammadu Buhari, won in Kogi State and Nigeria in general.
As ‘fate’ will have it for the good people of Kogi State, the 8th Senate recently sent a bill for the revitalization of Ajaokuta Steel Complex to President Muhammadu Buhari, for his assent.
Dishearteningly, President Muhammadu Buhari, denied the bill assent along others – citing “economic quagmire” as his reason, adding that “Nigerian Government also could not afford to commit the sum of $1billion into Ajaokuta Steel Complex” at this time “.
What is “at this time” when recurrent expenditure is on a geometric rise?
Irrespective of our party differences & interest, any right thinking Nigerian and Kogite alike will begin to ask why President Muhammadu Buhari, who has hitherto sang about “Economic diversification” during campaign will suddenly deny assent to such bill…
Simple! President Muhammadu Buhari’s body language cum his leadership disposition right from ages has never favoured the good people of Kogi State; let me not digress to other issues but to make the record very straight that ‘after 31st December, 1983, that General Muhammadu Buhari, truncated Late Alhaji Shehu Shagari democratically elected president, he also ordered the closure of Ajaokuta Steel Complex which was booming and almost an economic hub of Africa at a point’.
The Russian People that were managing the company then were asked to go and they left with the secrets (codes) of Ajaokuta Steel Complex thus, that’s why successive companies called upon after then have not been able to successfully unravel the mystery behind making Ajaokuta Steel Complex to work.
Can you now see, why I am not surprised on the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to Ajaokuta Steel Complex bill?
Fact emerging suggests that President Muhammadu Buhari, committed the sum of $1billion into oil exploration in the North East of Nigeria but after toil days & night, the result shows that there is no oil in the North East to explore.
Now, if President Muhammadu Buhari, can commit such money into something that he is not certain about, what stops him from committing such value of money to Ajaokuta Steel Complex that can turn around the Economic fortune of Nigeria and Africa in general?
Can this scenario Kogi people are suffering happen in the North East of the country?
My people say “Ola jijili” and if I dwell on his refusal down to the hidden truth, I would soon be marked as a Fellow inciting, instigating and promoting hate speech.
To save us our time, I think this is the right time Nigerians & Kogites in particular should come out in their numbers to revolt and appeal against President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision on Ajaokuta Steel Complex.
Thus, I join million of Nigerians to ask President Muhammadu Buhari, to as a matter of urgency reconsider his decision.
‘Ajaokuta Steel Complex can work and it must work’.
In conclusion, if President Muhammadu Buhari, is citing economic crisis as the sole reason for declining assent meant for the revitalization of Ajaokuta Steel Complex, the project can be staggered to cover a period of 10years where $100m is committed annually; the second option is to commercialize the project whereby, it can be financed by Private sector and some percentage paid to Nigerian Government in form of profit or income… Hence, Government must not be the financier of Ajaokuta Steel Complex as some individuals, and Companies who are more buoyant than Nigerian Government are willing and ready to take over Ajaokuta Steel Complex for the benefit of all”.
Sani Michael Omakoji
Writes From City Centre,
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