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Ajaokuta steel set for completion 2022: Adegbite

The Ajaokuta Steel Company will begin full production in 2022, the Minister of Mines and Steel, Olamilekan Adegbite has said.

He said the Russian Government, through the Russian Export Centre and the Africa Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), is expected to commit $1.465bn to revitalize the moribund steel company.

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Adegbite said the Federal Government was expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Russia along with the two organisations – Russian Export Centre and Afrexim bank – by the end of this month.

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While Afreximbank would provide $1bn, the Russian Export Centre would make $460m available to complete the long moribund project in the next two years.

The minister spoke in Lagos on Tuesday at an interactive session with journalists on the developments in the mines and steel sector of the economy.

The Ajaokuta steel plant, conceived in 1976, was aimed at establishing a metallurgical process plant/engineering complex with other facilities.

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It is on 24,000 hectares in Ajaokuta, 38km from Lokoja.

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