Dangote Group president Alhaji Aliko Dangote has announced that the company will establish a US$9bn sugar processing facility in Kebbi State, Nigeria
While on a courtesy visit to Governor Saidu Usman Dakingari in Birnin Kebbi, Dangote explained that a steady electricity supply will also be supplied to the area to facilitate development, with the construction of a 150MW power plant being planned in the state.
“For establishing companies or industries, there should be steady power supply in order to make the company efficient and effective in the state and the country at large,” Dangote said.
The company president added that he hoped the planned processing facility would help the state reduce its unemployment level.
“I believe that this will create about 75,000 job opportunities in the state and also will cost over US$9bn,” he commented.
Dakigari said that more than over 80,000 hectares of land have been earmarked for cultivation of the sugarcane and that the land will cut across four local government areas, including Bagudo, Suru, Koko Besse and Shanga.
Dakigari added that the establishment of the plantations and processing facility would provide a market for sugarcane farmers and boost the economic fortunes of the state.