In Togo, the President, General Gnassingbe Eyadema, has opened his country's new steelworks in the capital, Lome.
In Togo, the President, General Gnassingbe Eyadema, has opened his country's new steelworks in the capital, Lome. The opening, on Friday (12 January) coincided with the twelfth anniversary of his coming to power in a military coup.
SYNOPSIS: The foundation stone of the steelworks was laid two years ago. Now, after their completion, the works are expected to reach a yearly output of twenty-thousand tonnes. In its original conception, this plant is supposed to make Togo self-sufficient in steel production. The works will fit into the country's small industry, by making use of domestically-produced raw materials and energy.
With General Eyadema at the opening ceremony was the President of Niger, Lieutenant-Colonel Seyni Kountche. General Eyadema decorated the chief designers and engineers of the steelworks with medals. He praised them for their achievement that would help boost the country's steel industry.
The new steelworks form part of the country's major industrialisation programme. Togo's industrial sector is only a small part of the country's economy, which is dominated by agriculture. Seventy-two per cent of Togo's workers are engaged in agriculture, which accounts for forty percent of the country's Gross National Product.