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NSDC boosts sugar production in Kogi with $350m investment



The National Sugar Development Council (NSDC) has partnered with the Kogi State government to invest $350 million into sugar production in the state. NSDC leader of delegation to the state, Alhaji Salihu Bakeke, made this known yesterday when he led a team of foreign investors to Governor Bello at Government House, Lokoja, on a working visit. Bakeke said the essence of establishing National Sugar Development Council by the Federal Government was to research modalities of making the country self-sufficient in sugar production by ensuring that state would maximise their advantage in that area, hence their decision to be in Kogi State.

He was very particular about the great potentials of the state, especially with its vast concentration of sugarcane in Oguma, the capital of Bassa Local Government Area of the state. He also noted with enthusiasm that the Kogi State government was agriculturefriendly, lauding the present Bello administration for investing hugely in that area. The delegation leader said: “Based on the roadmap we have in place, we look for potential sugar growing states, and Kogi State is one of the best states so far with such opportunities from the feasibility studies done.”

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