The Ejeh of Olamaboro, Chief Simeon Ujah has called for the revival of Ajaokuta Steel Company in Ajaokuta, Kogi State.
Speaking at the public hearing by the House of Representatives Special Committee on Constitutional Review held in Lokoja, he monarch lamented the neglect of the viable company for over two decades
Ejeh Olamaboro said the steel mill was abandoned because of its location in the North Central region, a region disadvantaged by the 1999 Constitution.
“The abandoned Ajaoluka is abandoned because of the location. Because it is in the north-central. Ajaoluka has over 25 mills and workshops. It was commissioned by General Ibrahim Babangida, who is from Niger State. Others couldn’t continue because of the location,” he said.
He suggested that the state be given powers to legislate on matters like the steel company, saying that the Presidential Committees set-up has not achieved anything.
The monarch stated that if revived the steel company will create over 45,000 jobs.
Chairman of the Lokoja Centre of the constitution review exercise and member of the federal House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, said the 9th assembly was determined to look into all the yearnings of people.