CSR: Dangote Sugar Spends Billions On Host Communities In Adamawa, Nasarawa
The Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc (DSR) has significantly scaled up its social intervention programmes around its host communities in Adamawa and Nasarawa States where its Backward Integration projects are located.
This is coming on the heels that $500m has already been injected into projects in Nasarawa.
The Dangote Group is investing hugely in raw sugar production as part of the Federal Government’s National Sugar Master Plan.
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 the Backward Integration Policy (BIP).
Billions of naira have been expended by The Dangote Group in social intervention schemes around the communities hosting DSR Numan in Adamawa, and Tunga Sugar Project in Nasarawa.
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.
The company in a statement from its Corporate Communication Department and made available to Channel Network Afrique, CNA said with 78,000 hectares of farmland in Nasarawa, and 32,000 hectares in Adamawa, thousands of employment opportunities is being created for Nigerians as over 600 workers are presently being engaged.
The Dangote Group being the second largest employer of labour after the Nigerian Government said ninety Mega Watts (90mw) of electricity will be generated in the Dangote Sugar Project in Tunga, Nasarawa State.
At the company’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) recently, the Chairman, Dangote Sugar Refinery, Aliko Dangote said in line with the Federal Government’s diversification plan for the non-oil sector of the economy, Nigeria could rake in foreign exchange of up to $700 million annually from the BIP scheme but 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.
The statement further noted that when the factory is fully operational; it would have the capacity to crush 12,000 tons of cane per day,
The Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment, Otunba Richard 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 described the projects as huge, impressive and amazing.
“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” he said.
The statement added that the company is not resting on its oars in the DSR Numan as in 2020, the company constructed multi-million naira blocks of classrooms, administration blocks, and an examination hall.
It also intervened in the provision of electricity through the donation of 300KVA to the Gyawana Community, donation of a 27KVA Generator to the Lamurde Community as well as instituted an out-grower scheme in DSR Numan which 294 people have benefited so far.
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 supported the youth, religion, and development-based groups in Adamawa State financially.