Taraba State Government and Dangote Groups of Companies today concluded all formalities and have signed into law a working agreement for the commencement of sugar farming and production in Lau Local Government Area of the State.
During the signing of the final working document which took place in the office of the Governor in Jalingo, Governor Darius Ishaku said all encumbrances that were the impediments in the past have been cleared, explaining that, the process which was started 13 years ago has finally seen the light of the day.
He maintained that the delay was in good faith taking into cognisance some vital issues, particularly, that the interest of the people who are the host communities had to be protected to enable the company function effectively without interferences.
Darius Ishaku stated that his administration intends to bequeath lasting and enduring legacies to the people of the State, particularly in the areas of establishment of viable industries, creating employment and helping his people to become self reliant.
The Governor disclosed that to ensure that the Dangote Groups of Companies takes off smoothly, a desk officer would be stationed in the company immediately work commences to feed him with progress of work as well as challenges encountered in order to be in the know of what happens around the company.
Governor Ishaku used the opportunity to call on Tarabans to take advantage of the golden opportunity provided by one of Africa’s Frontline industrialist, Aliko Dangote to better their lives.
He further reiterated his administration’s resolve to recover money meant for compensation that was diverted by certain individuals, saying that, he will not condone such recklessness and called on those involved to start refunding such monies in order to facilitate the smooth take off of the company.
Speaking on behalf of Dangote Groups of Companies, Engineer Joseph Makonjo described the occasion as historic considering the length of time involved stressing that work would commence in earnest.
Joseph Makonjo disclosed that some of their equipment and seedlings for sugarcane farming are already on ground and revealed that, when fully operational it is going to be among the ten biggest sugar processing factories in Africa.
The Group Managing Director said when Darius Ishaku was elected Governor of the state, he knew that the company would definitely see the light of the day considering his passion for development.
Joseph Makonjo mentioned that, the company will focus on sugar and rice farming and assured that the host communities will be well catered for as part of the company’s social responsibilities.
The legal document was prepared by the state Ministry of Justice and was presented to the Governor and representative of Dangote Groups of Companies by Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Barr. Yusuf Akirikwen.
Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku signed on behalf of the Taraba State Government while Engr. Joseph Makonjo signed for Dangote Groups of Companies.