*Says sector creates 15,000 jobs, control 200,000 hectares of plantation
By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the second phase of the National Sugar Master Plan, extending it by 10 years.
Breifing State House Correspondents after the meeting, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo revealed this while interacting with the media, where he noted that the first phase which was inugurated in 2012 expires by 2023, next year.
While stating that investments in national sugar policy was aimed at stimulating self sufficiency in the commodity, Adebayo said no fewer than 15,000 jobs have been created through key players in the industry.
The Minister listed Dangote, BUA, Golden Sugar mills among key stakeholders jointly owning about 200,000 hectares of sugarcane plantation in the country.
His words, “Today, my ministry brought a memo seeking Council’s approval for the second phase of the National Sugar Master Plan. In 2012, the first phase of the sugar master plan was approved lasting from 2012 to 2022.
“Today, Council approved the extension from 2023 to 2033. That’s for another 10 years. And the whole idea of the Sugar Master Plan is for the development of the sugar industry, in their self sufficiency in sugar production.
“The plan has several policy measures or fiscal incentives to stimulate demand and attract private sector investment in the sugar industry. And part of the benefits of the sugar master plan is the local production of sugar.
“We have under phase one, four major investors, investing in the industry. These are Dangote Sugar, BUA Sugar, Golden Sugar Company which is flour mill, Care Africa Group which bought the Baccita sugar mill.
“They have jointly created 15,000 jobs, and they have over almost about 200,000 hectares of land that has been acquired for the production of sugarcane to enable them produce sugar locally. So Council approved phase two of the National Sugar Master Plan”.