Group seeks revival of ALSCON in Ikot Abasi
The Managing Director of the Ikot-Abasi Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, Mrs Peace Edem, on Friday expressed disappointment with the continuous closure of the Aluminum Smelting Company of Nigeria, located in Ikot-Abasi Local Government Area of the Akwa Ibom State.
The company was forced to shut down production beginning from 2018, following frequent gas supply disruptions to the plants occasioned by debts owed to its gas suppliers.
The development, it was gathered, led to the retrenchment of its workforce and its eventual closure.
Speaking during the meeting with the Ikot-Abasi Traditional Rulers Council, Edem said, “ALSCON as a prime business but dead.”
She added that it was the passion of the chamber of commerce to work with relevant agencies to ensure that the company was revived for the ultimate benefit of all.
She reiterated her organisation’s resolve in tackling the shortfall in business development of the area and pledged to work with the Nigerian Association of Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture and other relevant bodies to promote business interests in the LGA.
Edem said, “I want to thank you for your untiring support for Ikot-Abasi Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture right from inception on February 5, 2019.
“We have been holding meetings with the youths of Ikot-Abasi and they have pledged their loyalty and preparedness to cooperate with us to revive the business and revamp ailing companies, including ALSCON, a prime business.”
Edem urged the people of Ikot-Abasi and the traditional rulers to register with the organisation, saying the registration has been pegged at N25,000 only.
In his response, the traditional ruler of Ikot-Abasi, Udo Obong, pledged the cooperation of his cabinet members to work with the chamber in providing the necessary assistance needed to engender meaningful economic development of the area.
The traditional ruler said the vision, dreams and aspirations of the chambers were in line with the traditional rulers’ council and promised to cooperate with them to change the situation of the LGA.