Nigeria’s sugar production will soon receive a major boost as Dangote conglomerate plans to establish a $450 million Sugar refinery plant in Niger State.
Engineer Abdullahi Sule, the Managing Director of Dangote Sugar Refinery Company, made this known in Minna, the Niger State capital, after meeting with the Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello in his office.
Engineer Sule, who was accompanied by a team of experts from Dangote group to the meeting with the state government, said the meeting was to give the governor a summary of the progress made on the proposed Sugar and Rice schemes to be sited in the state.
Sule revealed that the sites for both the Sugar cane plantation and the refinery had been mapped out, while the Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, between the concerned parties was being perfected.
He said: “For the Sugar, we have identified the site and carried out feasibility study of the site; we have equally had the survey of the site, soil test of the site and done the demarcation of the land to enable us plant different crops. The group will be investing 450 million US Dollars on Sugar alone and this is explicitly stated in the MOU,”
Governor Bello further directed the Ministries of Agriculture, Lands and Justice to ensure a smooth take-off of the Sugar refinery project without any further delay.