The Group Executive Director, Stakeholders Management and Corporate Communications, Dangote Group of Companies, Engineer Mansur Ahmed, has said the company was expanding its sugar production operations to eliminate sugar importation in 5 to 10 years to come.
In a press conference held at Royal Tropicana Hotel, Kano, Engineer Mansur disclosed that the company was presently having sugar production operations in states like Taraba, Niger, Kwara and Kogi respectively.
“It is as a result of our resolve to boost the nation’s economy and give our utmost cooperation in the federal government’s policy of economic diversification that we are investing more in other areas like agriculture.
“What we have in stock is sustained investment operations in areas that the life of the people, example in sugar, flour, cement among others. That will also go a long way in having more virile and strong economy for the benefit of all.”
According to him, the company’s total cement production as at now stood at 40 million tonnes. “ We also want reach 75 million tonnes in the year 2020. That is our target,” he said.
On the company’s policy on food production, Ahmed said they wanted to increase their production of rice and millet.
“For example in Jigawa State, we are intervening in farming through our supply of improved seeds, fertiliser to farmers. For example in Hadejia town, we are currently dealing with 800 farmers.”