THE Chief Executive Officer of Premium Steel and Mines Limited, formerly Delta Steel Company, DSC, Ovwian-Aaldja, Mr. Prasanta Mishra, has called on the host communities and stakeholders to cooperate with the company towards achieving the vision of the Federal Government for self-sufficiency in steel production and strong technological base for the country.
Mr. Mishra, who spoke to newsmen in his office at the plant, said the company was pursuing the resuscitation programme with all the aggression it deserves, assuring that that production will begin at the steel complex before the year ends.
He maintained that in the short period Premium Steel has taken over DSC, the company had impacted positively in various areas of needs of the host communities, particularly in voting huge sums of money to intervene in the educational and health needs of the people through provision of critical facilities to tackle the challenges being faced by the people in those sectors and many others.
He added that while PSML will continue to pay attention to Corporate Social Responsibility and other activities, he appealed to the people to support the resuscitation programme and discourage actions, activities and utterances capable of hampering the laid out programme of actions designed to speed up the resuscitation plans for production to begin.
His words: “Let me assure you that production will begin at the plant before the end of this year all things being equal. The resuscitation programme is on top gear and we hope to deliver on our promises to begin production as soon as possible. But first we must get the various units of the plant which have been out of use for about 5-10 years to life, inject the necessary oxygen to activate the various arteries of the plant and bring it to production level as soon as possible.
“Once that is achieved, we shall employ hundreds of people for the first phase of production and thereafter, things can only get better for everybody.”
The CEO added that the plant, when into full production capacity, shall give direct and indirect employments to over 5,000 staff which impact positively on the local economy.