- Governor Yahaya Bello has visited the Russian ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey Shebarshin
- The discussions of the governor and the Russian diplomat centred around the Ajaokuta Steel Complex
- The Nigerian government signed a bilateral agreement with Russia to rebuild the steel plant in October 2019
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state on Monday, February 3 paid a courtesy visit to the Russian Ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey Shebarshin in Abuja for discussions ahead of the planned completion and revival of the Ajaokuta Steel Complex.
The governor who was accompanied by key officials of his administration said his visit was to convey the goodwill message of the people of Kogi state to the Russian government for the October 2019 Sochi agreement between the Russian government and Nigeria to revive Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited.
He assured the ambassador of the readiness of his administration to see that Ajaokuta works for Kogi people and Nigeria at large.
He stated that Kogi state possesses enormous opportunities and called on the Russian government to partner with the state to develop agricultural and energy sectors in the state.
In his remarks, Shebarshin assured Governor Bello that the Russian government was fully ready to come down to complete the steel complex following President Muhammadu Buhari's visit to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin in October 2019.
According to the diplomat, the next step is for the Nigerian government to initiate contacts for the Memorandum of Understanding to be signed.
Governor Bello had earlier commended President Buhari over the bilateral agreement with Russia to rebuild the steel plant.
The governor said the government and the people of Kogi state owed the president a deep sense of gratitude, affirming that the confluence state would continue to give the administration it’s the very best support.
When revived, it is expected that the facility would be used to generate important upstream and downstream industrial and economic activities in Nigeria.
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