24 December 2015, Asaba – Worried by the dwindling price of crude oil, Delta State governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has stressed the need for the revamping of the steel sector as part of efforts towards achieving the overall development of the country.
Okowa, who spoke in Asaba, when he received the National President and members of Iron and Steel Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, ISSAN, Mr. Otori Maliki, accompanied by Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, Delta State Council, Mr David Ofoeyeno, said the steel industry was very critical to the overall development of the country’s economy.
He said: “We cannot pay lip service to it, as it is beneficial to our economy and ensure our self-sufficiency. To allow the steel complexes to continue to waste is a disservice to the country.
“Government has put in a lot of money on these steel complexes, including the railway line for the development of the economy. We have to ensure that the steel complexes are functional as this sector is crucial to the growth of Nigeria.”
On the dispute between members of ISSAN, Delta State Council and the management of Delta Steel Company, DSC, the governor told them to hold their peace and assured that he will intervene in resolving the crisis, appealing that the new management of the company should be given the opportunity to commence operation.