Russian firm maintains commitment to Ajaokuta Steel
From AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Russian Embassy in Abuja has denied reports a company from that country was not committed to the rehabilitation of the Ajaokuta Steel Complex in Kogi State.
The Foreign Mission said certain publications had recently appeared in media and could “confuse” the Nigerian public opinion regarding the situation around Russian participation in the restoration of the 24 000-hectare facility.
“The Russian Embassy in Nigeria officially confirms that the original builder of the Ajaokuta steel complex, Tyazhpromexport Company (TPE) is ready to re-engage in process,” the Embassy said.
It added that the offer from the TPE was submitted to the Federal Ministry of Solid Minerals of Nigeria in December 2015 and February 2016.
“In order to successfully revive the complex, TPE believes the first step of this work should be the thorough inspection and technical audit of the complex,” the statement added.
It said the company was ready and willing to send a team of its professional experts at any time to evaluate the state of complex, following which a proper and successful restoration of the steel complex could be carried out.
The Embassy restated the rehabilitation steel plant was important for the industrial development of Nigeria.
– CAJ News
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