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Tinubu receives brief on $10bn investment prospects in Nigeria's steel sector

According to the Minister, on completion of these deals, about 10 billion dollars worth of investments in both new and existing steel plants in Nigeria will be established.

President Bola Tinubu (M), Minister of Steel Development, Shuaibu Abubakar Audu (L) and Defence Minister, Badaru Abubakar (R) [Presidency]

The President emphasised that a revitalised steel development industry was both a catalyst for robust economic growth and a doorway to immense opportunities for Nigeria’s massive pool of talented entrepreneurs.

“We will remain unyielding in our determination to build a Nigeria where every citizen has an equal opportunity to prosper and achieve their dreams.

“New investments in steel production will spur the growth of so many sectors. Industrialisation will be a reality in our country with sufficient energy and steel.

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“Nigerian steel will undergird our economy and other economies in our region in future years.

“I am glad that members of my cabinet have adopted my approach to attracting new investments and job opportunities for our people. Hard work is the only true pathway. We will not relent,” the President stated.

The Ministers informed the President of their discussions with a Chinese company, Luan Steel Holding Group, to build a new steel plant in Nigeria, as well as start the production of military hardware at Ajaokuta Steel Plant.

A delegation led by the Minister of Defence and the Minister of Steel Development visited the Hefei and Guangzhou regions of China to hold business talks with the Chairman of Luan Steel Holding Group, Wang Jianbing; the Chief Executive Officer of the Company, Xiao Weizhan, and other senior executives of the Luan Steel Holding Group.

The Chinese company is expected to invest billions of dollars in Nigeria to build the new steel plant.

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The Minister of Steel Development briefed the President, following his approval to restart the Light Steel Mill (LSM) section of Ajaokuta Steel Complex for the production of iron rods, on the progress made on restarting the section, which will cost ₦35 billion at the first stage.

The Minister said several financial institutions had already provided offer letters for this transaction and that the project was expected to create up to 5,000 direct and indirect jobs for Nigerians.

The Minister of Steel Development also informed the President of discussions with the representatives of Jindal Steel Group of India.

Jindal Steel Group had indicated interest in investing up to 5 billion dollars in a new steel plant in Nigeria on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in New Delhi, India, in September 2023, and is now considering either acquiring existing plants or setting up greenfield plants.

According to the Minister, on completion of these deals, about 10 billion dollars worth of investments in both new and existing steel plants in Nigeria will be established.

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These investments will create over 500,000 direct and indirect jobs in the steel industry in line with the President’s massive job creation through industrialisation.

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