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Sugar Council seeks state governor’s support to revamp sector

The Executive Secretary, National Sugar Development Council NSDC, Mr Zacch Adedeji has solicited the support of governors of sugar producing states in the country towards the revitalization of the sugar sub-sector,

Mr Adedeji, said the guidelines for the implementation of the Phase 2 of the Nigeria Sugar Master Plan requires the inputs of critical stakeholders like state governors for it to succeed.

Mr Adedeji made the appeal, when he led a delegation from the National Sugar Development Council on a visit to the Governor of Nasarawa State and Chairman, Forum of Governors of Sugar Producing States, Alhaji Abdullahi Sule in Lafia, Nasarawa state.

Mr Adedeji, said the Forum of Governors of Sugar Producing States had created a safe and enabling environment for sugar operators to go about their business activities without hitches such as perennial disagreements over land ownership between host communities and operators, communal hostilities and other associated challenges.

In his remarks, Governor Abdullahi thanked the delegation for the visit, and pledged the continuous support of the Forum to the development of the sector.

The Federal Government had in 2013 began the implementation of a 10-year master plan to revamp sugar sector.

The policy plan code-named the Nigeria Sugar Master Plan (NSMP), has four major objectives; to enable Nigeria attain self sufficiency in sugar production, stem the rising tide of sugar importation, create job opportunity for Nigerians and the generation of electricity as well as production of ethanol for industrial purposes.

The first phase of the plan is expected to end in the first quarter of 2023.

President Muhammadu Buhari recently approved the phase 2 of the master plan which is expected to run for another 10 years beginning from 2023.

Reporting by Victoria Chimezie; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade & Julian Osamoto