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dangote-sugarr Olusegun Aganga, Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, has commended the management of Dangote Sugar Refinery on its remarkable progress towards meeting its sugar backward integration project targets. Aganga, while on a working visit to Savannah Sugar Company Limited, expressed satisfaction at the level of positive changes seen in the company since its acquisition by Dangote Group via its subsidiary, Dangote Sugar. The minister was elated at the level of improvement in Savannah’s operations and activities and commended the Group for the volume of investments it had made in the company, saying that it showed its seriousness and commitment towards the realization of its sugar master plan to produce 1.5 metric tonnes per annum locally from various sites across Nigeria. Aganga urged Dangote Group to continue with the trend, saying that one year from now Savannah Sugar will become a model, judging from what was found on ground, adding that the sugar complex will create thousands of jobs in addition to other benefits due to the extended value chain in sugar production. He called on all the communities to support these projects, saying that they stand to benefit directly from the development. Graham Clark, Dangote Sugar Group Managing Director, stated that the Group was committed to the delivery of its goals for the sugar backward integration projects saying that preparations were underway for commencement of activities at other sites starting with Lau and Tau in Taraba State. According to him, in addition to Savannah Sugar, the development of these sites will be a complete package with various activities that will benefit the host communities, besides job creation.  

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This article was first published on 13th February 2014

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