No fewer than 2,000 farmers in Awe Local Government Area of of Nasarawa State have received full compensation for ceding their lands for the construction of the Dangote Sugar Company in Tunga community. Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim-Shuaibu, the Emir of Tunga, confirmed the payment of the compensation while speaking with newsmen in Lafia on Wednesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Dangote Group, after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Nasarawa State Government and Tunga community, released N800 million as compensation to the landowners. The company had acquired 60,000 hectares of land for the construction of a sugar refinery in Tunga. According to the Emir, the land acquired affected 4000 farmers, but 2000 of them have received full compensation without complaints.
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A fortnight after it directed all articulated vehicles to stay away from the state, the Lagos State Government and 10 other stakeholders have agreed to a 14-point resolution to restore order and sanity to Apapa.
The stakeholders, which comprise the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), Nigeria Police and terminal operators, among others, have resolved that all tankers, trailers and trucks should remain in truck terminals outside the state.
The decision was contained in a communiqué obtained Wednesday after a stakeholders’ meeting held at the Apapa Local Government Secretariat to end perennial traffic congestion in Apapa Central Business District and its environs. Specifically, the meeting was conveyed at the instance of the state governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, to work out a lasting solution to the perennial traffic congestion of truckers within Apapa district.
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As Consumption Hits 1.6mmt, Sugar production in Nigeria has jumped 85.3 percent between December of 2015 and end of 2016, but consumption has also risen by 4 percent, as demand by households and manufacturers remain on the high. Africa’s most populous country, saw its sugar production in 2016 rise to 25,000 mt, from 13,488 mt recorded in 2015, while consumption increased to 1.56mmt from 1.50 mmt obtained in 2015, data from the National Sugar Development Council (NSDC) show. “Savannah Sugar in Numan, Adamawa State; and Golden Sugar, actually processed and produced sugar last year. They also refined,” Umar Ango, head of north-west zonal office, National Sugar Development Council (NSDC), told BusinessDay in a telephone interview. Nigeria developed the National Sugar Master Plan (NSMP) in 2012 to achieve sugar self-sufficiency in 2016/2017. But the target was revised and extended to 2023, with a target to churn out 1.7mmt sugar production. BUSINESS DAY PAGE 33, August 15, 2017