The President, Nigeria Metallurgical Society, Professor Benjamin Adewuyi has reiterated that the strength of any economy cum sustainable development was dependent on the strength of steel development, stressing that the much cherished industrial development in our nation will be a mirage if the political leaders continue to pay mere lip service to the germane issue of steel development.
He made the assertion when he paid courtesy visit to the Director General, Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria, Maj Gen Bamidele Ogunkale with some of the executive members of the society at DICON headquarters.
According to him, for Nigeria to achieve greatness it was necessary to focus on Nigerian Metallurgical Society (NMS) as the only professional body that regulate metal in Nigeria adding that the developed nations that appeared to have left the developing nations far behind had always taken the issue of metallurgy seriously.
The president further noted that Nigeria for instance need the science of metallurgy in ship building, the Nigerian Army and Airforce were also seen of recent making efforts to come out with indigenous military products, all of which require application of science of metallurgy.
“Therefore bringing our steel industry back on course is the greatest gift the current administration could bequeath to the nation and NMS would not relent in her effort of giving necessary advice to the government to enable the government get it right”.
Professor Adewuyi further stated, the nation could not afford to be importing billet for steel rolling plant since there was abundant raw materials to be explored, stressing that importation weigh heavily on the nation’s lean and hard currency.
He said he was delighted to note that the Ministry of Mine and Industry was now paying particular attention on exploration, adding that exploration precede mining and when things were placed in proper perspective with well over 44 mineral assets, Nigeria was blessed to be able to export finished military products dependent on metallurgy.
“The mineral and metallurgical sectors are strategic, hence there is a new road map in the offing following presidential assent to a bill passed to the President sometime ago; we shall key into the current administrations vision in our onerous task to reposition metallurgy society in quest for rapid industrial development”
The President expressed satisfaction with the performance of the DG DICON and his management team stressing that he was really impressed with tangible and measurable achievement with empirical evidence seen on ground in the corporation.
Earlier, The DG Maj Gen Ogunkale who was also conferred with an award of Fellow Member of Nigerian metallurgical Society (FMNMS) said, when he took over mantle of leadership he did quick mental appreciation and he came out with the list of indispensable ally the corporation must need collaborate with and NMS topped the priority list.
While briefing the president NMS and his team, the DG reeled out the prospect, modest achievements of the corporation since he assumed office, challenges and efforts made to mitigate those challenges.
According to the DG, in realizing the goals and objectives of the corporation premised on fabrication of military products through reverse engineering, metallurgy’s role cannot be substituted.He said he was delighted that the professional body noticed his modest contributions to the corporation on one hand and the nation at large, adding that he was humbled at the reception of Fellow NMS conferred on him. “This award no doubt signals a clarion call on me to redouble my effort in robust service delivery to the corporation and to the nation at large; I will surely not rest on my oars”.
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