Dangote Sugar commits billions to CSR schemes in Adamawa, Nasarawa

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Dangote Sugar commits billions to CSR schemes in Adamawa, Nasarawa
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Dangote Sugar commits billions to CSR schemes in Adamawa, Nasarawa

 

The Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc (DSR) has scaled up its social

intervention programmes around host communities in Adamawa and Nasarawa

States where its Backward Integration projects are located.

The Group is investing hugely in raw sugar production as part of the

Federal Government Sugar Master Plan.

This is coming on the back of $500m that has so far been injected into

the project in Nasarawa.

National Sugar Development Council (NSDC) has developed a road map for

the realization of self-sufficiency in the sugar sector within a short

time. Thus, the Nigeria Sugar Master Plan (NSMP) gave birth to Sugar’s

Backward Integration Policy (BIP).

Billions of naira have been expended in social intervention schemes

around the communities hosting DSR Numan in Adamawa, and Tunga Sugar

Project in Nasarawa.

The company said with 78,000 hectares of farmland in Nasarawa, and

32,000 hectares in Adamawa, it is creating thousands of employment

opportunities for Nigerians.

Currently, over 600 workers are being engaged, while 90MW is to be

generated in the Dangote Sugar Project in Tunga, Nasarawa State.

The Dangote Group is the second largest employer of labour after the

federal government.

While speaking at a recent Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the company,

the Chairman of Dangote Sugar Refinery, Aliko Dangote, noted that

Nigeria could rake in foreign exchange of up to $700 million yearly from

the BIP scheme.

He warned that the BIP scheme must be protected to insulate the

Nigerian economy and create jobs.

“If the national sugar master plan is followed strictly and the

players follow the rules, the country will be better for it as Nigeria

will save between $600 million and $700 million annually as forex,” he

said.

A statement from the Corporate Communication Department of the company

said when the factory is fully operational; it would have the capacity

to crush 12,000 tons of cane per day,

Some of the Corporate Social Responsibility projects executed include

the provision of blocks of classrooms, scholarship, water scheme,

rehabilitation and opening up of road network, and construction of

health center, among others.

Minister for Industry, Trade, and Investment Otunba Niyi Adebayo who

was on a working tour of the Dangote’s expansive Savannah Sugar

Company (SSCL) Ltd in Numan, Adamawa State, and the Tunga sugar project

site in Nasarawa State, had described the projects as “huge,

impressive and amazing.”

The Minister said: “It’s a very impressive sight. It’s amazing

that such a project exists in this place. What we’ve seen so far from

all the plantations we’ve been to is very impressive. We are impressed

with the level of work they are doing.”

In the same vein, in the DSR Numan, the company is not resting on its

oars.

In 2020, the company constructed multimillion naira blocks of

classrooms, administration blocks, and an examination hall.

DSR Numan has also intervened in the provision of electricity through

the donation of 300KVA to the Gyawana Community, as well as the donation

of a 27KVA Generator to the Lamurde Community.

The company has also instituted an out-grower scheme in DSR Numan, of

which 294 people have so far benefited.

Its intervention in the area of road infrastructure has been very huge,

some of which include: the rehabilitation of the Gyawana-Lamurde road,

Gyawana-Zekun road

Gyawana Township road, the rehabilitation of Dubwangun road, and the

rehabilitation of Opalo-Zekun roads, among others.

The company has also doled out financial support to youth, religion,

and development-based groups in Adamawa State.

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