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Job prospects in ALSCON thrill Akwa Ibom youths

Metal News - Published on Wed, 21 Feb 2018

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Vanguard NGR reported that youths of Ikot Abasi Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, are excited at the projections of fresh job opportunities, following the plan by the Aluminium Smelter Company of Nigeria, located in the area, to commence full operations after Russian Aluminium Company, RUSAL and BFIG settled their contentious bid controversy out of court.

NDV learned that the process to privatise ALSCON started since 2001, but the highest bidder, BFIG, in2004, dragged the Bureau of Public Enterprise, BPE and RUSAL to court.

It was gathered that the Federal Government subsequently gave RUSAL, the second highest bidder, a go-ahead after BFIG failed to pay the money it offered to take over the company.

Immediate past president of Ukpum Ete Clan, who expressed confidence in RUSAL restoring ALSCON to its former glory, said that “When our people heard that the Federal Government had intervened in the lingering court matter between BFIG and RUSAL towards the ending of 2017, we were very excited. Even foremost socio-cultural groups like Mboho Ikot Abasi were optimistic that once ALSCON commenced full operations, Ikot Abasi will come alive again.”

Outstanding past

“When ALSCON was functional, there were lots of job opportunities and our people, especially youths, benefitted a lot from the company. Apart from the constant and free electricity supply enjoyed by our communities, there were programmes for youths of the five clans in Ikot Abasi, including payment of certain amount of money to each clan for youth development.

He said that “The Americans that managed ALSCON then did a lot for us and that was responsible for the peaceful coexistence between the company and its host communities of Ikot Abasi.”

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Posted By : Amom Remju on Wed, 21 Feb 2018
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