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Dangote Sugar commits billions to CSR schemes in Adamawa, Nasarawa 

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Aliko Dangote

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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Scarcity Of New Naira Notes: Nigerians Should Check APC Government Houses- Kwankwaso

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NNPP Presidential candidate Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso

 

The presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s party Engineer Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has alleged that APC controlled states are responsible for the scarcity of new Naira Notes being experienced by Nigerians.

The NNPP Presidential candidate made the allegation in an interview with Nasiru Adamu El-Hikaya of the Voice of America Hausa service.

Kwankwaso was responding to a question put to him by Nasiru Adamu El-Hikaya that the government decided not to extend the deadline because politicians who want to go into election will use the notes for vote buying.

“If you are talking about hiding of new Naira Notes go and check state government houses controlled by the APC you will definitely find the new Naira Notes,we have information that they have called the bank mangers and are responsible for the scarcity”Kwankwaso alleges

Kwankwaso further called on voters especially the masses who are running small scale businesses to exercise patience.

 

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Debt Management Office seeks support of ministries, Organizations

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Federal minister of finance Zainab Shamsuna Ahmad

 

 

Kano State Debt Management Office has urged relevant ministries,departments and agencies to support and cooperate toward achieving desired goals .

The Director General of the state Debt Management Office ,Malam Salish Lawan Indabawa made plea when he visited the Auditor General of the state in his continuation of advocacy across the state.

Lawan Indabawa stated that the office is ready to work hand in hand with MDAs and to intimate them about functions of the office whenever the need arises .

Director General later handed over the law that established the Debt Management office to the State Auditor General, Alhaji Isma’il Musa in order to study the functions and roles of the office.

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Earlier, the State Auditor General, Alhaji Isma’ila Musa described the appointment of Alhaji Lawan Indabawa by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje as Director General as a wise decision which the state will benefit.

The State Auditor General maintained that Indabawa is competent and equal to the task and hope to use his wealth of experience in order take the new baby agency to higher position.

In a statement by Director information ministry of finance and economic development Bashir Habib Yahaya said the director promised to give all the necessary support, cooperation and pray almighty Allah to guide the new Director General.

 

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President Buhari To Commission Multi Billion Naira Dala Inland Dry Port Monday-Ahmad Rabiu

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Chairman of Dala Inland Dry port Alhaji Abubakar Sahabu Bawuro left being flanked by the MD Ahmad Rabiu during the briefing

 

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All is set for the commissioning of Dala International inland dry port on Monday 31st January 2023 by President Muhammad Buhari at Zawachiki in Kumbotso local government area of Kano state.

The managing director of the international inland dry port Ahmad Rabiu stated this while addressing newsmen on the preparation for the inauguration of the port at its headquarters in Kano.

Ahmad Rabiu who was joined by the chairman of the inland dry port Alhaji Abubakar Sahabu Bawuro said its the first international inland dry port where cargoes will go anywhere in the world from Kano state without follow up to any sea ports across Nigeria.

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Ahmad Rabiu told newsmen that the federal government under President Muhammad Buhari has given all the support required for the take up noting that they have met the requirement on infrastructure and other critical amenities.

The MD said the stacking area has the capacity of containing 20 thousand unit of containers before moving anywhere at any time noting that the area covers 6 hectares of land and the management is willing to add more.

According to Ahmad Rabiu all the requirements needed for clearance by business men ,customs duty will be done right from Kano without follow up to any sea port in Nigeria.

On his part the chairman of Dala Inland Dry Port, Alhaji Abubakar Sahabu Bawuro said the management of the port is prepared technically, physically with interested partners and is going to boost businesses in Kano, Nigeria and Africa in general and urged members of the press to partner with the management in ensuring efficiency emphasizing that the place is not a monument but a business venture.

 

The chairman said Dala Inland Dry Port is now a solution to the problems brought about by the sea ports and they will introduce cargo tracking and door to door delivery of goods and services.

He said the success of the inland dry port is a joint venture between state government, business community,regulatory agencies and Federal Government of Nigeria and to make business in Kano and its neighborhood more competitive.

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