Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi, on Tuesday, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for implementing development projects across the country, describing it as ”unprecedented”.
Bello gave the commendation at the inauguration of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) pipeline work project, in Ajaokuta on Tuesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the governor and his Kaduna counterpart, Nasiru El-Rufai, physically flagged off work at Ajaokuta and Rigachikun sites respectively, while the president monitored the event via video-conference from the Aso Rock Villa Council Chamber, Abuja.
Bello said: “When completed, AKK will provide the desirous stimulus to domestic industrial growth and boost domestic energy infrastructure.
“I am also glad to know that an indigenous company, Oilserv Limited, is part of the construction of this highly-technical energy infrastructure in our country.
“So, I once again commend Mr President for giving hope and confidence to our local companies; he is surely replicating the revolution in agriculture in the country’s energy sector also,” Bello said.
According to him, there is no way the nation’s long term economic aspirations can be easily achieved when the necessary manpower and technical needs are inadequate.
“As a government, we will continue to do our best to engage our youths in vocational training and skill acquisition programmes.
“In 2018, our administration partnered a civil engineering company, specialising in outsourcing, training and management of industrial welders and which had successfully trained and equipped hundreds of our youths with adequate theoretical and practical knowledge in metallurgy, welding and fabrication.
“I am glad to let you know that many of those youths are successfully engaged around our local industries here today.
”Let me also use this opportunity to inform Oilserv Limited to look inward for manpower (both skills and unskilled) when necessary, as we are ready, as government, to provide all necessary support for the completion of this project.
“On behalf of the good people of kogi State, I thank the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, for his untiring efforts to see that Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited is reactivated.
”We are committed to the agenda of his administration and will continue to pray to God for his wellbeing,” the governor said.
Edited By: Shuaib Sadiq and (NAN)