The multi-million dollar investment in sugar in Lau local government area of Taraba state which was conceived thirteen years ago has officially taken off with the signing of documents between the Taraba state government and Dangote Group.
During the signing off ceremony at Government House Jalingo Tuesday, the President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, stated that the governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku, had asked them to come and resuscitate the industry. He disclosed that Ishaku told them that if they must invest, it must impact on the lives of the people in a lasting way and also boasted that their corporate social responsibility (CSR) was one of the best in the country.
Represented by his Honorary Special Adviser, Engr. Joseph Makoju, Dangote assured that the people would share in the prospects that would come out of the investment.
Makoju then described the governor as a passionate person whom he had known since his days as a minister.
Responding during the visit, Gov. Darius Ishaku promised that he would not start what he would not complete and that he tried to clear the social and political incumbrances surrounding the project.
He gave the assurance that he would appoint a desk officer who would supply him with a weekly report till the project was completed.
Ishaku assured that those who were not paid compensation for land would be settled in order to create a conducive environment for investors to operate.
He, therefore, asked the Chief of Lau, Alhaji Danburam, who was also present at the occasion to ensure that the people did not disturb the investors but to refer any grievances to him directly.
According to the governor, he had completed the 7.5 km Jalingo- Kona road and would extend it to Lau for the sake of the project. He also added that with the airport fully operational and the availability of access road, the investors could fly into Jalingo from Lagos, proceed to their investment destination in Lau and still return the same day.
The Dangote Sugar Industry had suffered a delay in take off due to what official sources say were ‘social and political incumberances’ and which they shy away from coming out clear on what those incumbrances are.