Dele Alake, the newly inaugurated Minister of Solid Minerals, pledged on Monday to implement President Bola Tinubu’s comprehensive “Renewed Hope” strategy for the solid minerals sector.
Alake affirmed this commitment while assuming his responsibilities at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja. He emphasized that his team is fully dedicated to invigorating the solid minerals sector in alignment with the President’s directives, as dictated by the sector’s mandate. Additionally, he revealed plans for unveiling a roadmap for the industry shortly.
“As a former cabinet member who collaborated with President Bola Tinubu for eight years, I grasp the significance of delivering concrete outcomes. Our objective is to achieve tangible results through collective efforts,” Alake stated.
He asserted, “We will not tolerate hindrances that obstruct the realization of our defined objectives. It’s a matter of conforming or stepping aside. If one takes the time to listen closely, the dwindling prominence of hydrocarbons becomes apparent, and the global spotlight is shifting toward solid minerals. We must ensure correctness in our approach.”
Similarly, the Minister of Steel Development, Shuaibu Abubakar Audu, noted in a statement, “While there are numerous steel enterprises in the nation, we can only address them one by one. The time has come to position the country among the G-20 industrialized nations.”
The President’s directive is to establish precision in the steel sector, and as a burgeoning ministry, we are resolved to expedite steel production within Nigeria’s foreseeable future.
“Our intentions are primed to activate the Ajaokuta Steel complex, and it’s imperative that Nigeria triumph in the realm of steel production,” Audu emphasized.
Minister of State for Steel Development Maigari Uba Ahmadu chimed in by advocating for synergies with stakeholders within the sector to realize their predefined ambitions.