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Nigeria’s Steel Industry Revival: Core of President Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda

Minister of Steel Development Outlines Comprehensive Plan for Steel Industry Revitalization in 2024

by Ikeoluwa Ogungbangbe

The revitalization of the steel industry in Nigeria has been identified as a key component of President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda by the Minister of Steel Development, Prince Shuaibu Abubakar Audu. In his New Year message, Audu emphasized the significance of this initiative, linking it directly to Nigeria’s economic prosperity, job creation, and poverty alleviation efforts.

2023 marked the beginning of this renewed focus under President Tinubu’s leadership, which saw the establishment of the Ministry of Steel Development in August. This new ministry is dedicated to revitalizing Nigeria’s steel industry, which is seen as crucial to the country’s industrialization and economic growth.

For 2024, Audu outlined a comprehensive plan to revive the steel industry. This includes a five-year roadmap for the sector’s overall revival and a three-year specific plan for the Ajaokuta steel plant. The ambitious goal is to create over 500,000 jobs within the steel industry by the end of President Tinubu’s second term. The minister reported that significant progress has already been made in this direction, with approximately 200 youths employed in the industry within just four months of his tenure.

The revitalization efforts have also attracted international investors, with commitments of billions of dollars to develop Nigeria’s steel industry and build new plants. These investments were secured through President Tinubu’s active engagement with world political and business leaders, including his participation in the G20 summit in Delhi, India.

The Ministry of Steel Development is now focused on creating a conducive environment for both local and foreign investors. Part of this strategy involves increasing government levies on steel imports to encourage import substitution and support local production.

Audu expressed his gratitude to President Tinubu for the opportunity to serve Nigeria and acknowledged the challenges ahead in reviving a critical yet struggling industry. He is confident, however, that with concerted efforts and the support of the government, the vision for Nigeria’s steel industry will be realized.

He concluded his message with well-wishes for 2024, hoping for a year filled with health, peace, and progress for all Nigerians. This announcement sets a positive tone for the year, indicating the government’s commitment to industrial growth and economic development.

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