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We’ll produce 40% of Nigeria’s sugar needs by 2024 – Akabe

From Esther Akaa, Lafia  

Nasarawa State government  says it will produce about 40% of the total sugar needs of Nigeria  by the year 2024.

The Deputy Governor of the state, Dr Emmanuel Akabe stated this on Thursday at a dinner, organised at the end of the 23rd  Annual National Scientific Conference of the Association of Hospital and Administration Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN) held in Lafia.

Akabe said the 40% sugar needs of the country will be produced by Dangote Sugar Refinery located in Awe Local Government Area and the Flour Mills of Nigeria in Toto Local Government Area of the state.

He said: “I can tell you that by 2024, 40% 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% of the total sugar needs of Nigeria.

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

“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 industrialisation. 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.

He, therefore, thanked the association for holding their annual conference in the state and assured the state government will continue to partner with them, in order to improve the health sector.

On his part, National Chairman of AHAPN, Mr Olabode Ogunjemiyo, appreciated the state government for providing a conducive environment for investment, as well as for giving them the privilege to host their annual conference in the state.

He said in spite of the security bedeviling the country, the week long conference was without security challenges.

Also speaking, Chairman, Local Organizing Committee of the conference, Mr Nwaora Okpalaeke said the conference was the best organised in the last 15 years.

He, appreciated Governor Abdullahi Sule, Emir of Lafia, Justice Sidi Bage (Rtd) and other well meaning Nigerians for their support and contribution towards the success of the conference.

Earlier, Chairman of AHAPN in the  state, Mr Luka Augustine thanked the national body of AHAPN for having faith and giving the Nasarawa chapter the opportunity to host the conference, in spite concerns of insecurity.

He said the conference featured the launching of the state chapter’s Health Systems Pharmacy Magazine, aimed at educating readers and showcasing the efforts of pharmacists in 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.

The Voice reports that the five-day Annual National Scientific Conference of AHAPN with the theme “COVID-19 Experience: Expanding the Role of Health System Pharmacists” had in attendance about 1000 pharmacists across the country.

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