Kogi Elders Forum has vehemently opposed the plan by Federal Government to sell Ajaokuta Steel Company to fund the 2018 budget.
In a press release signed by the Chairman of the Forum, Chief Julius Elukpo, the elders vowed to resist any attempt to sell the steel complex through constitutional means.
Elukpo said its position was sequel to a statement credited to the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria that government intended to sell the company and others to fund the 2018 budget.
He described the government’s proposal as “a rude shock”, saying an outright sale of the steel plant would not be in the best interest of the nation.
Elukpo warned that the forum would make the company a campaign issue for the 2019 election, saying that the people of the state would be mobilized to vote for any presidential candidate ready to complete the project.
He deplored the state of federal roads in the state, calling on the Federal Road Maintenance Agency to fix them as soon as possible.