Traditional Ruler Hopeful On Ajaokuta Steel Company Revival


The Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Dr. Ado Ibrahim has expressed confidence that the Ajaokuta Steel Company would come back to life.

The traditional ruler gave the assurance at the townhall meeting organised by Senator Nurudeen Abatemi-Usman to brief the people of his constituency on the journey so far, after his inauguration on 6 June 2011 as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria representing Kogi Central Senatorial District.

According to a statement signed by the Senator’s Media Assistant, Michael Jegede, the traditional ruler noted that his confidence is built on the steps Abatemi-Usman has taken since they elected him to represent them in the Senate.

While commending the Senator on the various moves he is making to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the people, Ibrahim pointed out that the completion of Ajaokuta Steel Complex would have significant economic impact on the people of Kogi Central and the country at large.

“We thank the Senator for his effort toward bringing transformation to our land. I have dreamt that Ebiraland will be a better place and I can see the dream coming true in my son, Senator Deen whose late father, a one-time deputy governor in the old Kwara State, was my very good friend.

“I believe that from what he is doing in the Senate, Ajaokuta steel would definitely come alive. If those we sent there before had done what this young man is doing now, we won’t be where we are today in Ebiraland,” the traditional ruler said.

Earlier in his presentation titled, “My Sojourn at The Senate: Six Months after”, the youngest Senator in the Upper Chamber took time to elaborate on his numerous contributions to national discourse and legislative process.

He disclosed that he is working on the bills for Local Government Financial Autonomy, Rights & Integration of Physically Challenged Persons, Conveyancing Law/Foreclosure Law and the Railway.

The Senator who is also the Vice Chairman of Senate Commitee on Niger Delta Affairs, said his efforts at addressing constituency challenges include a multi-faceted Wealth Creation Initiative, which is a personal project package known as The Umagene Abatemi Initiative (TUAI), which N20 million has already been committed to.

Other areas, according to him, are the seemingly intractable water problem in the whole of Ebiraland, rehabilitation of Ukpake and and Ajaokuta village roads.

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