FG Reinforces implementation Of Sugar Master Plan
…Signs new BIP with opertors
by Kingsley Alu,
The Federal Government of Nigeria yesterday reinforced the implementation of the country’s National Sugar Master Plan by signing a new revised Backward Integration Programme (BIP) of refineries with key operators in the sector.
Executive secretary of the National Sugar Development Council (NSDC) Latif Busari, at the signing in Abuja, said putting ink to paper on the latest agreement became necessary because the refineries (Dangote Sugar, BUA and Golden Sugar) remain a major strategy for achieving the objective of the National Sugar Master Plan (NSMP) but that their performance in the first five years was found awfully disappointing.
“During the Mid-term Review meeting, the scorecard of achievements in the BIP by the refineries in the first five years, showed the performance was below expectations.
“It was the view of most participants at that event that much more needed to be done in the second phase.”
He therefore disclosed that in line with the revised policy plans for the second phase of NSMP (2018-2023) as contained in the agreement, Dangote Sugar, BUA and Golden Sugar would execute three, two and three project sites respectively.
He also hinted that the total land area for all projects is 187,000ha. “Total hectares under cane (Estate cane fields) -137, 070ha, total hectares under cane (Outgrower farms)-25,850ha. The total tonnes of sugar to be produced is 1,550, 524MT,”he stated adding that a total of 65, 805 of jobs was anticipated.
He further explained that what was required on their part was to meet the targets within the stated time line by deploying their resources and necessary technical competences.
On the part of government on the other hand , he assured that it would address constraints identified by the refineries and ensure their impact was minimised.
Busari , who revealed that the Council has already developed monitoring templates for the next phase of the NSMP, said these templates would be made available to SURMIC and Sugar Industry Monitoring Group (SIMOG) to facilitate their monitoring functions and keep pace with developments at the BIP sites.
Minister of industry, trade and investment, Dr Okechukwu Enalamah, who signed on behalf of government said the administration was committed to the implementation of the NSMP.