03 November 2015, Asaba—Delta State governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has assured that the multi-billion naira Delta Steel Company, Aladja, would commence full operations in the next 14 months.
Okowa, who dropped the hint while addressing leaders of Delta North senatorial district who paid him a solidarity visit at Asaba, said he had fruitful discussions with the owners of one of the companies that took over DSC during the recent India/Africa Business summit in India.
The governor was among the governors that accompanied President Muhammadu Buhari on his visit to India
He said: “During our visit to India, I met with one of the companies that recently took over Delta Steel Complex, Aladja, and I thank God because they are serious minded and committed to reviving the company and I believe that in another 12- 14 months, DSC will come alive again with many other companies in the state. DSC is our pride and I believe that when that company is revamped, it will employ people from all parts of Delta State and beyond.”
The governor also talked about the need for Deltans to be security conscious, especially, on the issue of Fulani herdsmen and host communities, noting, “There are challenges with herdsmen and I believe that there are ways of tackling the challenges. I want to plead that patience be exercised and the process must be engaged with intelligence. There are the cattle rearers who are peaceful and herdsmen who have criminals among them that create problems for our communities. That is why you find out that those rustlers are armed and some are involved in the kidnappings that we hear about. So, we must be careful and be diplomatic.”
He urged the people to be receptive of investors by making land and other incentives available to encourage investments in their areas while ensuring that they maintain peace and shun any action