By Egufe Yafugborhi
WARRI—President of the Nigerian Metallurgical Society, NMS, Prof. Benjamin Adewuyi, has said the nation’s steel sector, as pillar of industrialization, is heading for “final burial” if government implements a second privatization of public steel firms without adequate infrastructural base.
Sensitising stakeholders at the 33rd NMS National Conference and General Meeting held in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area, Delta State, Adewuyi lamented abandonment of the nation’s steel industry to the self interest of a few at the detriment of national interest.
He said: “The steel sector, as vital as it is, has been toyed with for too long. Presently, there is little to show that government is eager to reactivate the Ajaokuta Steel Plant. Nothing indicates serious plans in the metallurgical sector to alleviate the suffering of the people.”
“Issues of infrastructure that brought the Ajaokuta plant to standstill without completion are being brushed outside. Planning for a second concession or