The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru has urged the Nigerian Metallurgical Society (NMS) to salvage the country’s steel industry.
Baru made the plea in Abuja on Monday in a statement by Ndu Ughamadu, NNPC Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division.
Baru, who was speaking at the 33rd Conference and Annual General Meeting of NMS, noted that the sector was critical to the nation’s industrial revolution.
Baru, who noted that steel is a major component of the oil and gas industry said there is need for the NMS to articulate pragmatic strategies, practical frameworks to restore growth and re-engineer a rebirth of the sector on one hand and in production of other metals in the country on the other.
“I would like to challenge this conference to deliberate and proffer ways of revitalising this huge investment which will not only support the oil and gas industry through the provision of steel inputs for our fabrication needs, but will also make a huge impact on the nation’s quest towards industrialisation,” Baru said.