Ajaokuta nightmare will be thing of past if elected – Atiku

By Suru Charles

The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has restated his commitment to address the problems bedevilling the Ajaokuta Steel Company if given the mandate as president of the country.

The presidential candidate who stated this during the PDP presidential campaign rally in Lokoja, Kogi State also promised to develop the Inland Port in the State which he believed will help the inland water transportation system in the North and Nigeria as a whole.

“I want to confirm here that if you give us your support and elect a PDP government, the nightmare of Ajaokuta will be a thing of the past. I assure you this and it is a promise I have made on behalf of the PDP.

“I also want to promise you that the issue of your inland port is not only a Kogi issue, but issue of Northern Nigeria, because through the development of the port in Kogi, we also will have access to the maritime transportation in this country, so it is not a Kogi matter, it is our matter for the entire north of the country. I promise you we will implement that program.”

The former Vice President said there will be no more salary arrears in Kogi State because his administration will support the State to ensure no civil servants are owed salaries.

“From what I have seen from Obajana up to Lokoja, it is thousands of young men and women, we will give you jobs, if we don’t give you jobs, we will give you business to do, I promise to set aside 10 billion US dollars to empower our young men and women so that they can live comfortable life.”

The incessant closures of Universities in the state and the country at large, he said, will be a thing of the past if elected, stating that “students will no longer be out of school for eight months under his watch.”

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Piqued the alleged poor performance of the All Progressive Congress (APC) administration in the state, he expressed sadness that the “APC came and deceived the Kogi people to vote for them”

Adding that “they have now seen that APC meant poverty, unemployment, insecurity, lack of development and every negative indices in human development.

PDP is made up of men and women of integrity, if you want your next state government to benefit you vote for PDP in the presidential election, you will see that by the time we come to conduct the governorship election, we will take over Kogi state and make sure that we deliver good governance.”

Aligning his weight to that of Atiku, the party’s national chairman, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, urged the people to support PDP, adding that Nigerians have suffered enough under the APC-led administration.

Ayu, who is optimistic that the party will triumph in the polls at the end of the day, said “PDP at the end of the day will improve everything that we started.”

Also speaking, the director-general of the PDP presidential campaign council and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, said that It is in Kogi that we have the biggest and largest steel company in Nigeria, the Ajaokuta Steel complex. He urged the people to come out en mass and queue behind all the PDP candidates in the forthcoming general elections slated for February this year.

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