By Industrial Digest
“The Institute is established to fill the current void in critical areas of Nigeria’s sugar industry such as research, development and innovation as well as technical manpower development to sustain the industry development.”
The Executive Secretary, National Sugar Development Council (NSDC) Dr. Latif D. Busari, said during the commissioning ceremony of the Nigerian Sugar Institute ( NSI) in Ilorin, Kwara State.
He said that the newly commissioned Nigeria Sugar Institute would aid the ongoing drive towards achieving a virile and competitive sugar industry for the country.
“The Institute would further assist in the provision of clean and pure seed cane for growers, all based on the most advanced technologies available,” he added.
To actualize these for the country, Dr. Busari explained that the “Institution would provide training for the core faculties of the Nigerian institution, adding that, NSI has begun to train 18 trainee instructors before the official commissioning to ensure that the ongoing plan to boost sugar industry achieve desired purpose”.
He noted that six of the 18 trainees were currently taking courses in agriculture and field operations while the 12 others were gaining required knowledge on factory related operations.
The secretary described the lnstitute as a partnership effort between the public and private sector, and also collaboration with world-class sugar institutes in India and Mauritius.
“The Sugar Council, working closely with our operators had collated the various technical manpower needs covering the plan period between 2017 and 2023, identified the training programmes and developed curriculum for the courses that would be offered at the Institute,” he said.
It was learned that the project which was commissioned by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, is jointly funded by the Federal Government and key private sector players in the sugar industry.
It was futher learned that the idea to establish the sugar training centre was made to the government in 2018, by Kabiru Rabiu, the Executive Director of BUA Group, and accordindly, he was apoointed the pioneer Chairman of the Institute
At the event, the Governor of Kwara state, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq pledged that his government will continue to create an environment for industrial growth, in partnership with both the Federal Government and the private sector for the benefit of residents of the state. The governor said the state has the potential of providing enough sugarcane for sugar industries in the country.