The Nigerian steel Development Minister Paul Unongo announced recently that Nigeria will start producing its own steel before 1983.
GV: Motorcade arriving at Ajaokuta Steel Plant Site in Nigeria
SV: Sign welcoming President to site
GV: President Alhaji Shehu Shagari being welcomed by officials including Minister of Steel development, Mr. Paul Unongo.
GV: President with officials walking out of pavilion as crowd watches. (2 shots)
PGV: President being told about project at display board
GV: Child descending from pavilion
GV: President descending from pavilion and walking across compound. (2 shots)
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Background: The Nigerian steel Development Minister Paul Unongo announced recently that Nigeria will start producing its own steel before 1983. President Alhaji Shehu Shagari visited one of the most important sites of the growing Nigerian steel industry a few days before the announcement. The Ajaokuta Steel Plant is one of the many projects aimed at speeding up the industrialisation of Nigeria. The President said the success of projects like it would result in what he called an increased tempo in the country's economic growth.
SYNOPSIS: Ajaokuta was chosen as the site of the Plant in 1974. But the planning of an iron and steel industry in Nigeria dates back to the late fifties. Various foreign firms have acted as consultants to the federal government's Steel Development Ministry. And President Shagari himself has been a champion of the growing industry.
It is federal government policy that the development of the steel industry will be the foundation of Nigeria's growing technology and industrialisation. The demand for steel in Nigeria has been increasing over the years and so far, the country has relied entirely on it's import.
It will be children like this one who will most benefit from the current construction at Ajaokuta. Not only will the industry provide jobs, but the President himself pointed out the auxiliary industries will grow up offering even more employment for young Nigerians.