“I don’t know if there are demons besetting that place that is making things difficult to work out there. Apart from hoping that things will change in that place, I also feel we should employ prayers for the complex to be restored.
“We all know what Ajaokuta Steel Complex (in Kogi state) stands for, and we are putting it to paper and debate it. By that, I mean the sectoral debate that we have proposed in our legislative agenda.”
These are the words of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara who hosted members of the Kogi State caucus in the House as they paid him a solidarity visit in his office yesterday.
Dogara went on: “we have to engage on issues that affect the people more – like these that you have raised about Ajaokuta. Itemising the economic benefit of the place is the kind of things that I would like to see members canvass for on the floor of the House. We must not joke with this as it affects all of us.
“We must open a legislative debate on Ajaokuta within the first and second week of our resumption to be sponsored by one or all of you so that we can resolve and send our resolution to the executive for implementation.”
Speaker Dogara advised the federal government to put more effort into the resuscitation of the Steel Complex in order to check the problem of unemployment in the country.
He assured the group that the House will soon begin interfacing with the executive in its bid to solve the perennial problem bedevilling the steel complex which he described as a platform for the industrialisation of the country.
We implore you to support this leadership as it’s necessary for the success of the House; for, we will not shut our doors to any member”, he said. [myad]