Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Dangote Sugar boosting Nigeria's economy

The Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr Olusegun Aganga, has disclosed the readiness of the federal government to partner with private sectors as panacea to achieving President Goodluck Jonathan's transformation agenda.

The minister made the disclosure during a facility tour of the Savannah Sugar Company in Numan Local Government Area of Adamawa State, adding that the federal government is poised to providing the enabling environment and adequate infrastructures for Nigeria's industries to thrive.

Aganga said he was in Numan to see the transformation drive being embarked by the Savannah Sugar company and according to him after the site seeing he has no option than to appreciate the Dangote Sugar Company for a job well done and its immense contribution towards the development of the country's wealth both in human and economic development.

He said the Sugar company has created presently 4100 job opportunities for Nigerians and is planing an expansion to Taraba states where it has acquired 50,000 hec tres of lands adding that the FG is collaborating with company to ensure that this dream is achieved .
The minister believed that before 2015 the Sugar company would create four hundred and eighty thousand employment opportunities for Nigerians.
Aganga revealed that he was surprised at the level of progress made by the company within a short period of time saying that with the development he
expects the economy of the area to be seriously revamped which will
serve as a precursor to solving youth restiveness in the area.

He expressed satisfaction and added that he was please with the remarkable progress made by the company which has even surpassed the benchmark required by the FG to seal a pack with the sugar company.

"I am delighted to say that Dangote Sugar Company is setting the pace
of industrialization in the country which entails their commitment in
hiring senior hands". He said.

He lauded the effort of Dangote Sugar Management whom he said through
diligence gave life to a company that was on the verge of liquidation
within a short time leading to the creation of about 4,100 direct jobs.

The Group Managing Director (GMD) of Dangote Sugar, Mr Graham Clark
during his remark said Savannah sugar has lived up to its billing in
discharging its social responsibility through building of schools,
housing estate and encouraging out grower scheme where thousands of
families were affected.

He said apart from that, the company has provided direct job
opportunities to the residents of its host communities whom serve as
the workforce of the company as according to him majority of people
working for company are members of its host community.

Clark said the company remains resolute at ensuring that the cardinal
objectives of the Federal Government in reforming the industrial
sector which will lead to massive job creation is pursued vigorously
which informed the company's drive to upgrade its operations.

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