Nigeria: Steel factory will open after 40 years

Eighty percent of raw materials needed for the plant to operate are within a 60km radius of the factory.

by

    Nigeria's largest steel plant will finally start production, four decades after it was built.

    The Ajaokuta mill has cost the country more than $8bn, but has never produced any steel.

    It is hoped that getting the facility off the ground will save Nigeria billions of dollars in steel imports.

    Al Jazeera's Ahmed Idris reports from Ajaokuta,in central Nigeria.


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How different voting systems work around the world

    How different voting systems work around the world

    Nearly two billion voters in 52 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    How the art world's hunger for ancient artefacts is destroying a centuries-old culture. A journey across the Himalayas.