NATIONAL SUGAR DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL PARTICIPATES AT THE 12TH ABUJA INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR

The Council attended the 12th Abuja International trade fair which took place at J.T Useni International Trade Fair Complex Km 8, Airport Road Abuja, between 21st  September – 7th October, 2017, with the theme “Returning Nigeria to the path of Sufficiency through non-oil exports.

The Trade fair was officially declared opened by the Hon. Minister, Federal Capital Territory Alhaji Muhammad Musa Bello, who was ably represented by Dr Bala Liman, Special Adviser (finance).

The Welcome address was delivered by Prince Adetokunbo Kayode SAN, President Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI). While the Goodwill messages were delivered by the following dignitaries:

  • National President of NACCIMA, Mrs Iyalode Alaba Lawson,MFR
  • Ghanaian High Commissioner.
  • Ambassador of Benin Republic.
  • DG, Nigeria Automotive Design and Dev. Council (NADDC), Mr Jelani Aliyu.

 Visitors that came to the NSDC stand were from both the Private and Public Sectors. Amongst some notable personalities that visited the NSDC stand were  the representative of the Hon. Minister FCT, National President NACCIMA, Pakistani Ambassador to Nigeria, etc. The President of ACCI, and his team also visited the stand. The Abuja International Trade fair has accorded the Council the opportunity of creating awareness about its existence, mandate, functions and benefit derivable from Sugar Value Chain.

The event came to an end on Saturday 7th October  2017, with the presentation of certificates, prizes and awards in which the Council was awarded the best Government Agency in the Regulation and Development of the Sugar Sub-Sector by the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry(ACCI).

The Abuja International Trade fair emphasized on diversifying the Nation’s economy and patronizing made in Nigeria products which is in line with the Council’s Mandate of encouraging establishment of sugar projects nationwide to boost local sugar production.

NSDC AWARD BEST OUTGROWER FARMERS AT SSCL, NUMAN

In its effort to encourage more participation and good performance among Outgrower Sugarcane Farmers in sugar estates, the Management of National Sugar Development Council NSDC have presented prices to best sugarcane Outgrower Farmers at Savannah Sugar Company Limited Numan, Adamawa State.

At the event the Executive Secretary of NSDC Dr. Latif Busari, confirmed that the programme started with 2 farmers on 2.6 hectares in 2008 and has expanded to cover 307 hectares with 260 farmers participating in 2017. Busari said the scheme has come to stay and is seen as contribution to general economic development of the host Communities.

In his remark the General Manager of Savannah Sugar Company Limited Numan, Mr. Palaniswamy Chandrasekaran, said among other things, the scheme became major source of revenue to the farming Communities, source of self-employment for those already in the scheme and it helps to improve the harmony and support between the Local Communities and the Sugar Company.

Various prices ranging from Motor cycle, Refrigerator and Hand-sets were distributed to the best farmers at the occasion.

NSDC MANAGEMENT VISITS DOGAN’S SUGAR COMPANY

Some members of the Management team of the National Sugar Development Council (NSDC), led by the Executive Secretary, Dr. Latif Busari, as parts of the Council’s regulatory responsibilities, have visited the Corporate Headquarters/Factory of Dogan’s Sugar Company, in Lagos state.

The Council team which comprised of the Director; Planning, Policy, Research and Statistics, Mr. Hezekiah Kolawole, Director; Finance and Account; Malam Auwalu Abubakar, Deputy Director; Technical Service; Malam Salihu Bkeke, Special Assistant to the Executive Secretary; Mr. Chris Mbamalu and the Senior Information Officer; Mr. Abdullahi W. Yunusa was received by the company’s Managing Director, Mr. Okan Ozkan.

Dr. Busari who expressed satisfaction with the company’s operational facilities as well as its strict adherence to approved sectorial guidelines by the Federal government, said the reforms introduced by government in the sugar sector are beginning to yield positive results.

While welcoming the team, Dogan’s Sugar boss, Mr. Okan Ozkan who thanked the NSDC for the visit, said, though the company is faced with a number of operational challenges, but has continued to muster all the needed energy and determination to remain in business, adding that the nation’s sugar sector is showing signs of growth.

Given its area of specialization, production of packaged sugar, Mr. Ozkan also expressed worry that despite the ban placed on the St’ Louis brand of packaged sugar, the products are still seen in major shops and retail outlets in the country, stressing that such development isn’t healthy for local producers of same commodity.

“Sir, I understand government has since banned this product. But we continue to see them in the market. I doubt if some Nigerians are aware that St Louis packaged sugar is a contraband product”.

Another issue of concern highlighted by Mr. Ozkan is huge variation in prices of packaged sugar by local producers of the commodity. He wants the Sugar Council to look into the issue, stressing that the development is capable of chasing companies like his own out of business.

While assuring Mr. Ozkan of Council’s prompt disposition to address all industry challenges dispassionately, Dr. Busari promised to look into the issues raised by the company. He assured all investors of equal support and cooperation, adding that persuasion remains the best solution to solving challenges posed by price variations.

“We are not unaware of some of these challenges you have identified. The Sugar Council, in line with her mandate is on top of the situation. We shall continue to introduce measures that would bring about a more business-friendly environment for investors in the sector. These challenges are not beyond our control”.