Lafia, March 18, 2017 (TNE): The Dangote Group of Companies is to establish a sugar plantation in Nasarawa State for N217 billion, the President of the group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote has said.
Speaking when he called on Gov. Tanko Al-Makura in Lafia on Friday, Dangote said the plantation, to be located in Tunga in Awe Local Government area, would be the largest sugar plantation in West Africa.
He said the farm would create employment for not less than 30,000 people.
Dangote also said the plantation would create an enabling environment for other industries to spring up in the state.
“This will create multiplicity of jobs and increase the Internally Generated Revenue of the state.
“The employment, even for us as a company, will be over 30,000. We will do out-grower which will take another 10,000 people.
“We will also give them the entire implement where their only contribution is their labour and they will be given fund advances for their labour,” he said.
Dangote said that the sugar plantation would also produce electricity supply which would go a long way in improving the socio-economic condition of residents.
“There is no waste in sugar, so in a nutshell, we will be able to generate power of up to 96 megawatts.
“Over 50 megawatts will actually be distributed to the network. What we are trying to do is to work with the distribution company here on how to equally improve power supply,” he said.
Dangote advised Nigerians to go back to farming, adding that the country was originally an agrarian state.
“We, therefore, need to focus more on agriculture to fight poverty and recession.
“Your Excellency, Nigeria is not an oil state as such. It is an agricultural state, people are forgetting that.
“The discovery of oil forced the authorities and people to drop agriculture. Even people from the grassroots want to run to the city which is wrong,” Dangote said.
Dangote said the company would be requiring about 60 hectares of land for the project to take off.
Al-Makura said he was excited by the plan of Dangote group, adding that government would make arrangements for the land.
“We are very lucky because with the construction of this sugar factory, Nasarawa state will be captured in the map of cities that engage in mass production of sugar in the world.
Al-Makura urged other wealthy Nigerians to emulate Dangote’s humility and philanthropic spirit, adding that people must rise to develop the country. (TNE)