From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The President of Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki has promised to give priority to industrialization and ensure that Nigeria becomes producing nation as against the status of consumers as we are today if elected president of the country come 2019 general elections.
Saraki also gave an assurance that if elected president of Nigeria he will ensure the immediate revival of the moribund Ajaokuta Steel Complex.
Dr. Saraki who gave the promise while speaking in a chat with journalists at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP )Secretariat in Lokoja after addressing the party delegates on Monday , stated that no nation can make meaningful progress without industrialization .
The Senate President explained that if given the mandate to be the president of Nigeria , his administration will revive the Steel industry and make Ajaokuta a priority to make Nigeria an industrial hub of West Africa.
Saraki pointed out that the revival of Ajaokuta Steel Company will create employment opportunities to the teeming youths and other professionals and remove boys from street.
Saraki recalled that when he was the Special Adviser on Budget, he was part of those who formulate the policy that we should stop importation of cement , stressing that he was happy to see the realization of Obajana Cement Company today which stands to be the biggest in Africa.
He noted that this exactly is what his administration will do to put Ajaokuta Steel Company in the right footing as part of his determination to kick start industrialization in the country.
The Senate President stated that he is contesting for President to eradicate poverty in the land.
He emphasized that his administration will as well ensure the creation of jobs to move youths out the streets.