Dangote group of industries have concluded plans for the take-off of a N148 billion ($450m) sugar factory in Niger State.
The sugar factory will be constructed at Jima-Nupeko villages in Lavun and Mokwa local government areas in Niger state. The plant is estimated to produce 1,100 tonnes of sugar annually and generate 20 megawatts of power.
Negotiation for the establishment of the plant with the state government has been on for about a year, but finally an agreement was reached during a meeting between officials of Dangote Group and representatives of Jima-Nupeko villages, in Lavun and Mokwa local government areas.
The meeting was 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 crucial event took place at the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar’s Wadata Palace in Bida on Friday, June 25. 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.
The multi-billion naira project, which will be kick-started in few months with the commencement of the sugar cane plantation, is expected to create 2,200 direct jobs and 5,300 indirect jobs.
A technical committee was set up at the meeting to study and adjust all issues for successful take-off of the sugar factory and report back within six weeks.
Niger State Government further assured investors of conducive atmosphere for their investments to thrive as Dangote Industries Limited.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, through his deputy, Ahmad Muhammad Ketso, said that one of the means of creating job opportunities by his administration for the teeming youths in the state was by encouraging investors and development partners.
According to him, this would go a long way in boosting the economy of the state, reduce unemployment and youth restiveness, as well as reducing crime rates as people would be gainfully engaged and increase the state’s internally generated revenue.
Bello then appealed to other investors, especially those in agriculture and agro-allied industry, to cash in on the state’s comparative advantage and various economic incentives being offered by the government to invest there.