Dangote’s N140bn sugar factory to appear in Niger state

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– The Dangote Group is set to build a N148 billion ($450m) sugar factory in Niger state, Nigeria

– The plant is expected to produce 1,100 tonnes of sugar annually

– The sugar cane farming and the sugar factory will provide 2,200 direct jobs and 5,300 indirect jobs 

Aliko Dangote’s group is ready to start the construction of the suger factory at Jima-Nupeko villages in Lavun and Mokwa local government areas in Niger state, Leadership reports.

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The company was negotiating the establishment of the plant with the state government for about a year and finally came to the agreement during a meeting between the state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, represented by his deputy, Ahmad Muhammad Ketso, representatives of the Dangote Group and the host community leaders.

The stakeholders discussed the possibility of the Dangote Industries Limited to acquire 16,000 hectares of land for sugar cane farming and sugar production in the two local government areas within Etsu Nupe’s domain.

According to preliminary forecasts, the plant will produce 1,100 tonnes of sugar annually, ethanol and generate 20 megawatts of power.

The crucial event took place at the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar’s Wadata Palace in Bida on Friday, June 25. The sugar cane farming and the sugar factory are expected to creat 2,200 direct jobs and 5,300 indirect jobs.

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Meanwhile, a technical committee set up during the meeting will study and adjust all issues for successful take-off of the sugar factory and report back within six weeks.

The office of the state’s Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice was also directed to prepare a memorandum of understanding (MOU). The multi-billion naira project will be kick-started in few months with the commencement of the sugar cane plantation.

Murtala Zubairu, the head of human resource and administration at the Dangote Group sugar refinery, commended the state government for its friendly approach and assured people of the the host community and state of its social responsibility.

Speaking on behalf of the Niger state governor Mr Ketso stressed that encouraging investors and development partners to invest in the vast agricultural potentials of the state is one of the means of creating job opportunities by the administration.

More details and news about the Dangote Refinery in Lekki Free Zone, Lagos state, read at Leadership.

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