Foremost Nigeria sugar company, Dangote Sugar Refinery, says it is working on wide ranging expansion projects that would shut up its refining capacity to meet up with national demand.
As part of the plan, the company said it is making additional investment of N180 billion to bring four factories upstream, in Sokoto and Kebbi states.
This comes as the company obtained the Food Safety Systems (FSSC 22000) Certification.
The certification, which is a standard fully recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), comes on the heels of other standards already obtained by the refinery. The standards include ISO 9001:2008, ISO 22000:2005 and ISO OHSAS 18001:2007.
According to the acting Group Managing Director, Dangote Sugar Refinery, Abdullahi Sule, Dangote Sugar Refinery is actively pursuing a backward integration master plan with a target of producing a total of 1.5 million tons of sugar per annum.
The acting chief executive said the company already has 150,000 hectares of land allocated for the project in Kogi, Kwara, Jigawa, Sokoto, Taraba and Kebbi states. He said this would enable the refinery to meet the national sugar masterplan.
“This feat is part of the Sugar Refinery’s strategic drive to meet its customer’s needs using good manufacturing practices, enhanced food safety culture and management systems, as well as to sustain its frontline position in the sugar sub-sector in line with internationally accepted practices and standards”.
Dangote Sugar acquired the moribund 50,000 tons per annum capacity sugar producing factory, the Savannah Sugar Company Limited in Numan, Adamawa State, in 2002. The buy-over, midwifed by the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), was the fallout of the failure of several attempts made by the federal government to reposition the nation’s foremost sugar company.