The Executive Secretary of the National Sugar Development Council (NSDC), Mr Zacch Adedeji says the Backward Integration Programme roadmap designed for the nation’s sugar industry will tackle unemployment l and other socio-economic issues currently bedevilling the country.
Mr. Adedeji stated this during a familiarization visit to sugar refineries in Lagos state.
He noted that unemployment was responsible for the increasing rate of crime and insecurity among the youths.
Mr Adedeji said that the sugar sector was presently structured to provide direct and indirect jobs for millions of Nigerians both as skilled and unskilled workers.
He said Nigeria has done well in the refining of raw sugar, but charged the refineries to redouble their efforts especially as it relates to the implementation of the Backward Integration Programme for the sugar industry.
Mr. Adedeji explained that the programme was crucial to Nigeria’s quest to attain self-sufficiency in sugar production.
The familiarization visit by the new Executive Secretary of NSDC to sugar refineries in Lagos is to enable him assess the level of compliance with regards to the implementation of the Nigeria Sugar Master Plan especially as it pertains to the Backward Integration Programme (BIP) undertaken by the three sugar refinaries.