Kunle Kalejaye 27 March 2017 Sweetcrude, Lagos – The people of Kogi Central Senatorial District in Kogi State has petitioned the Nigerian Senate over the resuscitation of National Iron-Ore Mining Company, NIOMCO, in Itakpe and Ajaokuta Steel Company.
The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public petitions was expected to hear the petitions made against the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development.
SweetcrudeReports gathered that 15 written petitions have been made against the ministry by the people of the Senatorial District and concerned professional bodies.
One of the petitions, submitted on November 28, 2016, was facilitated by Senator Ahmed Ogembe, representing Kogi Central Senatorial District.
In a letter addressed to Secretary General of Africa Iron and Steel Association, AISA, the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public said issues hovering the resuscitation of NIOMCO Itakpe and Ajaokuta Steel Company have been referred to them for legislative investigation.
Beside AISA, it was gathered professional stakeholders such as Nigerian Metallurgical Society, Iron and Steel Senior Staff Association, Miners Association of Nigeria, Society of Engineers and host communities will appear for Senate hearing on the matter.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Builders Hub, Natasha Akpoti, when contacted by our correspondent expressed happiness that the Senate was delving into the matter.