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Investments In Sugar Sector Hit N157bn In 6yrs – NSDC

Investments In Sugar Sector Hit N157bn In 6yrs – NSDC

December 20, 2019

Investments in the sugar sector of the national economy rose to N157 billion in the last six years that the National Sugar Master Plan (NSMP) came on board, the National Sugar Development Council (NSDC) has said. Executive Secretary of the NSDC, Dr. Latif D. Busari, made the revelation when the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi, toured major sugar project sites across the country, recently. Dr. Busari charged Dangote, BUA and other major operators in the nation’s sugar sub-sector to remain faithful to the implementation of the Backward Integration Programme for the sector signed in 2013. He told the operators that a greater measure of commitment was required from key stakeholders in the sector in order to sustain the gains so far recorded and to make the industry globally competitive in line with the economic diversification agenda of government. The minister was accompanied on the visit by the President of Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote; Chairman, BUA Group, Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu and Chairman, Flour Mills of Nigeria, Mr. John Coumantaros.

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Sugar Production: Investors Plan to Make Nigeria Self-Sufficient

Sugar Production: Investors Plan to Make Nigeria Self-Sufficient

December 18, 2019

Investors are acquiring land and investing more in the production of sugar to make Nigeria self-sufficient in producing the commodity, the President and Chief Executive, Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote, has said. Dangote said this on the sidelines of a working visit of the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo, to Sunti Golden Sugar Estates in Mokwa, Niger State. He said producers of sugar were looking forward to achieving the kind of feat recorded in the production of cement in Nigeria. Dangote said, “What we are looking at is to see how we can achieve the same trajectory we had in cement. Sugar is a little bit more difficult because you have to consider the weather, land quality, irrigation and other things.” When asked if Nigeria could achieve self-sufficiency in sugar production, Dangote replied, “Of course, yes. I can see Nigeria achieving that but it is a question of land and the area because you cannot go to a place like Ondo, for example, to grow sugar.

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Nigeria Has Capacity To Export Sugar, Says Dangote

Nigeria Has Capacity To Export Sugar, Says Dangote

December 17, 2019

Chairman of Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote, has said that Nigeria has the capacity to export sugar to other countries considering the friendly investment atmosphere the present administration is providing for investors. Speaking in Numan, where the Dangote Savannah Sugar Company is located during its inspection with Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo, he said the company’s production capacity would be increased to meet Nigerians’ demands. Dangote said the country was on the verge of meeting its sugar needs, especially with the capacity and potential of the group’s sugar companies, which are expanding their production capacities across the country. He disclosed that Savannah Sugar Company produces 50,000 tonnes of sugar per annum, has 700 permanent employees and about 5,000 spontaneous workers.

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Dangote To Produce 450,000mt Of Sugar, 90mw Of Power

Dangote To Produce 450,000mt Of Sugar, 90mw Of Power

December 16 2019

The Dangote Sugar refinery in Tunga, Awe local government area of Nasarawa State, will produce 450, 000 metric tonnes of sugar yearly, as well as 90 megawatts of power yearly when  completed. Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule disclosed this at the Northern region sugar sensitisation workshop organised by the National Sugar Development Council, in Lafia, recently. He said the Tunga plant would not require more than 45 megawatts to operate while the remaining 45 megawatts is more than enough to power Lafia, the state capital, Obi, Keana and Awe local government areas. The Governor used the opportunity to dismiss insinuations that the Tunga sugar refinery is taking a long time to complete, stressing that the sugar industry has its inherent challenges for which many people fail to understand. Sule pointed out that the Tunga sugar plant is being stalled as a result of the numerous challenges confronting the sugar industry in Nigeria, adding that unless some of these challenges are addressed, the sugar industry will continue to suffer. The Governor stated further that a fundamental value chain in the industry is lost due to the constraints on agricultural financing in the country.

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Dangote To Produce 450,000 MT Of Sugar, 90 MW Of Power

Dangote To Produce 450,000 MT Of Sugar, 90 MW Of Power

December 13, 2019

The Dangote Sugar refinery in Tunga, Awe local government area of Nasarawa State, will produce 450,000 metric tonnes of sugar yearly, as well as 90 megawatts of power yearly when completed. Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule disclosed this at the Northern region sugar sensitisation workshop organised by the National Sugar Development Council, in Lafia, on Thursday. He said the Tunga plant would not require more than 45 megawatts to operate while the remaining 45 megawatts is more than enough to power Lafia, the state capital, Obi, Keana and Awe local government areas. The Governor used the opportunity to dismiss insinuations that the Tunga sugar refinery is taking a long time to complete, stressing that the sugar industry has its inherent challenges for which many people fail to understand. Sule pointed out that the Tunga sugar plant is being stalled as a result of the numerous challenges confronting the sugar industry in Nigeria, adding that unless some of these challenges are addressed, the sugar industry will continue to suffer. The Governor stated further that a fundamental value chain in the industry is lost due to the constraints on agricultural financing in the country. “The masterplan for Tunga sugar plantation started 7 years ago, but we have not gone more than 7 per cent. We are supposed to be at 70 per cent by now. And the reason is simple. The challenges are enormous, we are used to refineries in Nigeria. “But with the refineries, you lose all the opportunities of the value chain. You lose the opportunity of the greatest of all, employment opportunities,” he said.

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