By Tare Youdeowei
Urhobo youths, on the platform of Urhobo National Youth Congress, UNYC, have appealed to the Assets Management Company of Nigeria, AMCON, to quickly offset the emoluments owed former staff of the moribund Delta Steel Company, Ovwian-Aladja, so as to pave the way for the new investors to begin the revamping process of the plant without encumbrances.
They added that instead of blaming Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the delay, AMCON should rather be blamed because the revamping process cannot commence except the former staff were settled.
The group, in a statement by its president, Mr John Oghenekparowho, decried the reference to the statement credited to Governor Okowa in late 2015 in which he assured that DSC, under the management of Premium Steel and Mines Limited, would begin production in about 14 months time, noting that the statement was predicated on assurances from AMCON that the arrears owed former staff of the company would be cleared soon.
“While we are concerned with the current state of the company, we want to warn competitors to stop playing corporate politics with the fate of the Aladja Steel plant. Our checks revealed that Premium Steel and Mines Limited are set to begin the revamping process of the plant which cannot be except the former staff, who are lurking at the corner waiting for their entitlements to be settled.
‘’Our contention is that Premium Steel and Mines should be given the chance to prove that they are capable of turning around the fortunes of DSC in the interest of all stakeholders.”