A Kogi-based rights activist, Haruna Ahmed Osike has called on the minister of Mines and steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite, to urgently order the eviction of retired workers of the company, still occupying staff quarters illegally.
Speaking in Lokoja on Sunday, on efforts by President Muhammadu Buhari to revamp the steel industry, lamented that virtually all the retired management staff of the company stay put at the staff quarters, to the detriment of others who are entitled to the accommodation.
According to him: “It is disheartening and worrisome that some management staff and even senior staff of Ajaokuta Steel Company who have retired are still resident in the quarters, which pose a lot of security threat to the company, especially now that the Russians are about to come down to Nigeria for the resuscitation of the steel plant.
“It is obvious that many of them are sabotaging the effort of the present administration of the company, and since they have retired, it is better for them to vacate the quarters, because they are no longer staff of the company.”
He urged the Federal Government, the minister of mines and steel development and the Sole Administrator of Ajaokuta Steel Company, Engr. Ismaila Aka’aba, to take proactive measures in ejecting those still occupying senior staff quarters illegally.
He posited that any retired management staff who are not engineers by professional should henceforth not be engaged on contract basis, saying that they have nothing to contribute to the success of the company.
“I am appealing that anything that will impede the seriousness and commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari toward revamping of Ajaokuta Steel Company should be tackled and addressed without delay.
“This company has suffered enough abandonment from previous administration, therefore we should all be enemies to anything that can affect this golden opportunity recently brought by the President,” he said.
He called on the security agencies in Kogi State to beam their surveillance on the steel company, to enable the federal government achieve the set objectives in the interest of the teeming and unemployed Nigerians.