14 September 2021 by MATHEW AYOOLA
The National Sugar Development Council, NSDC, has called for the support of stakeholders in the sugar sector towards ensuring sufficiency in local production of sugar in the country
The Executive Secretary of the Council, Mr Zacch Adedeji made the call in Abuja during a roundtable with some key stakeholders in the sugar Industry.
Mr Zacch Adedeji appreciated the cooperation of the stakeholders towards repositioning and reviving the nation’s sugar sector to enable it compete favourably and become the leading sugar producer in Africa.
“Nigeria has all it requires to become a top player in the league of sugar producing nations and the Council is making efforts to address challenges hindering the sector over the years” He stated
The Executive Secretary explained that the sugar sector giving its numerous opportunities occupy a significant position in the programme and economic agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari led administration because it holds a lot in terms of solutions to the economic challenges facing the country.
According to him, the current consumption of sugar in the country is one point seven million metric tonnes.
He stated that when the Nigeria Sugar Masterplan is successfully implemented, it would generate about 50 thousand direct jobs and over 250 indirect jobs in the country.
Mr Zacch Adedeji who described sugar as an essential commodity explained that
efforts were being made on the issue of zero import duty in the sector.
The Executive Secretary explained that the Council had also put in place the Backward Integration Programme with ten years plan of achieving the production of seventy million metric tonnes of sugar.
He said in the last seven years the Council had installed over three million metric tonnes capacity of refining which had doubled local consumption
Mr Zacch Adedeji stated that the Council had stepped up its field production towards achieving its mandate in the areas of job creation and stoppage of importation of both raw and refined sugar.
In a remark, the Director, Policy, Planning, Research and Statistics in the Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment, Alhaji Alkali Babagana promised that the Ministry would implement recommendations from the round table.
Alhaji Alkali Babagana therefore stressed the need for effective public private sector collaboration towards developing the nation’s sugar sector.
Representatives of Ministry of Finance, Customs, and other stakeholders in the sugar Industry who spoke at the roundtable commended the National Sugar Development Council for its efforts aimed at repositioning the nation’s sugar Industry.