Nasarawa To Supply 40% Of Nigerian’s Sugar Needs By 2024, Says Deputy Governor

Nasarawa To Supply 40% Of Nigerian’s Sugar Needs By 2024, Says Deputy Governor

By David Christopher, Lafia

Deputy Governor of Nasarawa state Dr. Emmanuel Akabe has disclosed that 40 percent of the total sugar needs of Nigeria will come from Nasarawa state by 2024.

Akabe made the disclosure on Thursday at the closing banquet of the weeklong 23rd Annual National Scientific Conference of the Association of Hospital and Administration Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN) taking place in Lafia, Nasarawa state capital.

According to him, the 40 percent sugar needs of the country will be produced by the Dangote Sugar Refinery in Awe local government area and the Flour Mills of Nigeria in Toto local government areas of the state.

He explained that once the companies start production in 2023 and start producing maximally in 2024, they will be producing 40 percent of the total sugar needs of Nigeria conveniently. 

“I can tell you that by 2024, 40 percent of the total sugar needs of Nigeria will be coming from Nasarawa state because the Dangote Sugar farm on 60, 000 hectares of land will start production by 2023 and that will take care of the 30 percent of the total sugar needs of Nigeria.

“For the Flour Mills of Nigeria in Toto area, they will also produce 10 percent of the total sugar needs of Nigeria. So 10 percent plus 30 percent gives us 40 percent from Nasarawa state alone,” he said.

Akabe applauded the association for holding their annual conference in Nasarawa state and assured them that the state was hospitable, peaceful and yearning for investments from investors from all sectors of the economy including the health sector.

“Nasarawa state is one of the most peaceful states in the country. Thank God for the traditional institution and others who have worked day and night to ensure we have peace and stability in our state. 

“And so we are a state in a hurry and yearning for industrialization. Please come and invest in Nasarawa state. We have so many incentives to offer. We need these investments because this is the only way the state can grow and the only way the state can compete,” he said.

Speaking earlier, Mr Olabode Ogunjemiyo, National Chairman of AHAPN appreciated the Nasarawa state government for providing a conducive environment for investment and bodies like AHAPN to be able to holds it’s annual conference in the state.

He said despite initial concerns about security, the weeklong conference took place peacefully with many invited dignataries and about 1000 pharmacists from across the country in attendance.

In an interview with newsmen, Mr Luka Augustine, Chairman of AHAPN in Nasarawa state thanked the national body of AHAPN for having faith and giving the Nasarawa chapter the opportunity to host the conference despite concerns of insecurity.

He said one of the highlights of the weeklong conference was the launching of the state chapter’s Health Systems Pharmacy Magazine aimed at educating readers and showcasing the efforts of pharmacists on the state with regards to their research and work.

“It’s a scientific magazine showcasing clinical trials of colleagues. So we decided to use this opportunity at this conference to showcase what we are doing to the world,” he said.

Also speaking, Mr Nwaora Okpalaeke, Chairman, Local Organizing Committee of the conference said the conference was the best organized conference in the last 15 years and appreciated Governor Abdullahi Sule, Emir of Lafia, Justice Sidi Bage (Rtd) and other well meaning nigerians for their support and contribution to the success of the conference.

“I am sure in the next ten years, we might not have any conference as interesting as this so I thank God for everything,” he said.

AljazirahNigeria revealed that the association held it’s 23rd Annual National Scientific Conference holding in Lafia from August 1st to August 5th with the theme “COVID-19 Experience: Expanding the role of health system pharmacists.”

Pharmacists from Federal Medical Centre, Keffi; National Hospital Abuja, University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, Federal Medical Centre, Owerri among many other health institutions across the country were in attendance. 

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