Kogi State, Nigeria – Dino Melaye, the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has made an ambitious pledge to revive the struggling Ajaokuta Steel Company and rejuvenate the Itakpe Iron Ore Mining Company if elected governor of Kogi State. Speaking passionately to his supporters at the PDP governorship campaign flag-off in Okene, Melaye highlighted the immense economic potential of these neglected assets.

“Kogi State, we are too blessed to be poor,” Melaye declared, rallying his audience. “We are going to restore Ajaokuta Steel by the grace of God. Ajaokuta Steel was established by the late Sir Sardauna Ahmadu Bello. Ahmadu Bello is not from Kogi State, not even from the North Central, yet he came to establish Ajaokuta and Itakpe Iron Ore.”

It was evident that Melaye’s enthusiasm was met with resounding support from the gathered crowd. His promises drew cheers of approval and rapturous applause, reflecting the hope and expectation vested in his candidacy.

“In our government, we’ll do everything possible; if possible, we will do a takeover from the Federal Government,” Melaye continued. “Ajaokuta, during our time, must work. We must make sure Itakpe Iron Ore is booming again.”

The potential revival of these industrial giants holds the promise of not only economic prosperity but also job creation for the people of Kogi State. Ajaokuta Steel Company, in particular, has experienced a long period of inactivity, despite its vast potential to contribute to the nation’s industrial development. Melaye’s commitment to turning this situation around has garnered attention and support beyond the state.

Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State showed their solidarity by joining Melaye in his campaign flag-off. Saraki, in a tweet, announced his arrival and reiterated the significance of Melaye’s vision for Kogi State.

As the governorship election in Kogi State looms closer, Melaye’s promises and passionate commitment to the revitalization of Ajaokuta Steel Company and Itakpe Iron Ore Mining Company appear to resonate with the people. His ambition to secure a prosperous future for Kogi State has garnered attention and support, making him a leading candidate under the PDP ticket.

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