Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man and Chairman of Dangote Sugar Refinery says that the strict compliance to Nigeria’s sugar master plan can save the country up to $700 million annually in foreign exchange.
Dangote disclosed this in a statement obtained yesterday during a facility tour by some businessmen. He added that proper backward integration is needed to follow the country’s sugar plan, creating jobs through local manufacturing.
He said, “If the national sugar master plan is followed strictly and the players all follow the rules, the country will be better for it as Nigeria will save between $600 million and $700 million annually as foreign exchange.”
Dangote added that efforts were being made to impact positively on the host communities, citing investments made by his companies in that regard.
He explained that the Corporate Social Responsibility projects undertaken by his companies were in addition to efforts by his Foundation, Aliko Dangote Foundation.
“The foundation was presently giving out micro-grants to vulnerable women in all the 774 local governments across the country,” he said.
Meanwhile, the General Manager for the Backward Integration Programme, Dangote Sugar, John Beverley, said when the factory becomes fully operational, it would have the capacity to crush 12,000 tons of cane per day, and that 90MW power would be generated for both the company’s use and host communities.
It has been reported that the Sugar Refinery Plc concluded plans to invest the sum of $1 billion on expansion projects after the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) made the firm one of the 3 sole importers of the sweetener into the country. This is as the leading sugar company had put more than 100,000 hectares of land under cultivation to grow sugarcane for local sourcing of inputs.
The company declared revenue of N131.95 billion in the half-year period of 2021, reflecting a growth of 27.82% compared to N103.23 billion recorded in the same period of 2020.