Abdulsamad Rabiu, chairman of BUA Group, has disclosed that the sugar plantation and the refinery in Kwara State are among the most advanced anywhere in the world.
He said the plantation has a capacity to produce 14,000 tonnes of canes per day when completed.
He said when completed, the refinery will generate over 10,000 direct employment and produce over 200,000 tonnes of refined sugar together, with 200,000 litres of ethanol and 35 megawatts of power – using the bye product of sugarcane.
“Kwara State is one of the states with land, water and climate and we set up our business here because we know sugar refining will succeed here,” he said.
“Instead of importing raw sugar and processing it in Nigeria, we decided to establish sugar plantation and refinery in Nigeria, and Kwara State happens to be the best located state for the investment,” he further said.
Rabiu lauded the efforts of the state in attracting investments, saying, “This is the only sugar plant in Nigeria with plantation and refinery and will be completed by the end 2020.”
Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, Kwara State governor, said his administration would support the upcoming BUA Sugar Factory and other investors in the state to succeed by creating the right environment.
He said that the strategies to attract and keep investors in Kwara would include sustaining the state’s peaceful environment and putting in place the necessary infrastructure and policies to ease the business climate.