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Sule Charges Residents On Peaceful Coexistence As Sugar Factory Construction Begins

Sule Charges Residents On Peaceful Coexistence As Sugar Fact

Abdullahi Sule in a handshake with the two men team from Dangote group

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The Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule has tasked the residents to maintain peaceful co-existence, as this is the only way to achieve development and increase meaningful investment in the state.

Sule gave the charge on Tuesday during a visit by the Dangote group seeking to begin the construction of a sugar factory.

He stated that investors only take their businesses to places that are stable and having the sugar plant in Nasarawa State will assist the growth through revenue accrued.

"Peace and stability are key elements in attracting investors, this explains why my administration doesn't take the issue of security lightly.

“When there is total peace and stability, things flourish. Opportunities flourish. 

"Investors are looking for where there is peace, where there's stability to invest their money. In Nasarawa State, we will not go anywhere if we don't have peace and stability. 

"We are looking at projects that will be revenue-generating,” he said.

Maryoud Elsunni, a member of the two-man team from the headquarters of the Dangote Group, said Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Chairman/CEO of the Dangote Group, has directed his contractor to handle the project, which when started will generate employment for over 1,000 people from the immediate community.

He explained that they will first undertake the construction of a bigger water pump station that will provide water across 15, 000 hectares, in addition to the already existing water pump station that can cater for 600 hectares.

“Soon, we will bring some guys here to start. It will create direct employment for the local people.

"The contractor is coming with some highly skilled personnel but lots of the workers will be engaged. Unlike contractors that will come with their workers, this one will engage thousands of local people to build these structures," he stated.

Responding, Governor Abdullahi A. Sule,  said the essence of bringing investments like the Dangote Sugar Refinery, is to bring wealth to the people of the state.

While announcing the arrival of the Dangote team to members of the Nasarawa State Correspondents' Chapel, the Governor explained that the process for the production of sugar takes time.

According to Governor Sule, unlike what most people think, it is not possible to cultivate the 68,000 hectares of land in Tunga, all at once.

He explained that a lot of people lack a proper understanding of the processes involved in the production of sugar, hence the need to throw more light on the matter.

“What you need to do is to start with 100 hectares, if the location is good for the production of sugarcane, then you will expand the production from 100 hectares to 1,000 hectares to 10,000 hectares,” he said. 

The Governor said since it takes sugarcane one year to grow, it will take approximately three years for an investor to produce enough sugarcane that will be crushed to produce sugar.

“Assuming it's good, then it takes him to 10, 000 hectares. At that moment then he begins to now instal his factory because he has enough cane by next year, to be able to crush and produce a little sugar,” he added.

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Maureen Okpe
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Maureen is a media practitioner and an impeccable writer with close to 4 years active experience wor...

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