21 April 2021 By Mathew Ayoola
The Executive Secretary of the National Sugar Development Council, NSDC, Mr. Zacch Adedeji says the Backward Integration Programme, BIP, roadmap designed for the nation’s sugar industry, will tackle unemploymentand address other socio-economic issues currently bedevilling the country.
Mr. Adedeji stated this while on a familiarization visit to sugar refineries in Lagos State.
He attributed violent crimes and insecurity to rising unmpeloyment and joblessness amongst youths in the country,
The Executive Secretary noted that the sugar sector as presently structured has what it takes to provide direct and indirect jobs for millions of Nigerians both as skilled and unskilled workers.
“The sugar sector is a goldmine that holds numerous potential and opportunities for Nigeria and Nigerians. It is a sector that has provided direct and indirect jobs for thousands of our citizens across disciplines and professions. We are all concerned about the need to provide job opportunities for our people, especially our youths. Unemployment is a major contributor to the various social crises facing us today as a country. This is why the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is committed to revamping the sugar industry to enable it absorb our citizens and contribute meaningfully to the economy and the country in general”. He explained
Mr. Adedeji who assured investors in the sector of government’s support, in terms of policy and technical assistance, said Nigeria has done well in refining raw sugar.
He therefore advised investors to redouble their efforts especially as it relates to implementation of the Backward Integration Programme for the sugar industry which is crucial to Nigeria’s quest to attain self-sufficeincy in sugar production.
“It bears restating that we must be ready to take actions that will make Nigeria a net exporter of sugar thereby saving scarce forex for other purposes. Let us integrate all that we are doing to a workable and implementable agenda for the smooth operation of the sector” He emphasized
The familiarization visit by the new Executive Secretary of NSDC to sugar refineries in Lagos is to enable him assses the level of compliance with regards to the implementation of the Nigeria Sugar Master Plan especially as it pertains to the Backward Integration Programme (BIP) undertaken by three sugar companies.