200,000mt BUA Sugar to generate 10,000 jobs says Rabiu
The 200,000 Metric tonnes per annual BUA Sugar Refinery in Kwara state is expected to generate 10,000 jobs when fully operational.
This was disclosed by Chairman and CEO of BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu in Lafiagi, Edu local government area of the state while inspecting the level of work done on the factory with the Kwara State governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq, and Speaker State House of Assembly, Yakubu Danladi.
He said the sugar plantation in Lafiagi and the refinery is one of the most advanced anywhere in the world with the capacity to produce 14,000 tonnes of canes per day when completed and commended the effort of the state in attracting investments, saying, “this is the only sugar plant in Nigeria with plantation and refinery and will be completed by the end of 2020.”
“Instead of importing raw sugar and processing it in Nigeria, we decided to establish a sugar plantation and refinery in Nigeria and Kwara State happens to be the best located state for the investment. When completed, it will generate over 10,000 direct employments and produce over 200,000 tons of refined sugar, together with 200,000 liters of ethanol and 35 megawatts of power; using the bye product of sugarcane.”
In his reaction, Kwara State governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq said the state would support the upcoming BUA sugar factory and other investors in the state to succeed by creating the right environment.
AbdulRazaq said the strategies to attract and keep investors in Kwara would include sustaining the state’s peaceful environment and putting in place the necessary infrastructure and policies to ease the business climate.
He commended the BUA Group for siting its multimillion dollar sugar plant in Lafiagi in Edu local government area of Kwara, enthusing that the facility would make the local government the richest in the North Central.