By Isa Lapai, Minna
Niger State government has assured investors that their investment will thrive as Dangote Industries Limited conclude plans for the take off of a N148 billion Sugar factory in the state.The arrangement for the take-off was concluded in a meeting by officials of Dangote Group and representatives of Jima-Nupeko villages in Lavun and Mokwa local government areas of the state which is the host community for the proposed sugar factory.
The meeting which took place at the Etsu Nupe’s Palace in Bida was geared towards discussing and harmonizing the interest shown by Dangote Industries Limited to acquire 16,000 hectares of land for sugar cane farming and sugar production in the state.
The Niger state Acting Governor, Alhaji Ahmad Muhammad Ketso during the meeting said that one of the means of creating job opportunities by the administration for the teeming youth in the state is by encouraging investors and development partners.
According to him, this will go a long way in boosting the economy of the state, reduce unemployment and youth restiveness as well reducing crime rates as people will be gainfully engaged.
Ketso appealed to other investors, especially those in agriculture and agro-allied industry to cash on the state’s comparative advantage and various economic incentives being offered by the government to invest in the state.
The meeting then set up a technical committee to study and harmonize all issues that will engender the successful take-off of the sugar factory while the office of the state Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice was also directed to prepare a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) before the next meeting.