Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State on Wednesday promised to handover 27 hectares of land for immediate establishment of Dangote Rice Mill in the state as the company prepares for production this year.
Tambuwal stated this when he received a delegation from Dangote Industries Limited led by Engr. Mansur Ahmed, Director, Stakeholder Relations and Corporate Communications in Sokoto.
The governor pledged his administration’s full support towards ensuring the success of the factory. Tambuwal said: “By next Friday, February 16, payment of compensation to land owners will commence while Certificate of Occupancy will be handed to you next week.’’
He expressed optimism that the establishment of Dangote Rice Mill which is located at Runji Village in Kware Local Government Area, would enhance economic activities in the state.
The governor stressed that his administration had been wooing investors from within and outside the country. He commended the Chairman, Dangote Group of Companies, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, for his support to immunisation exercise and other humanitarian projects in the state and the nation at large.
Speaking earlier, Ahmad said that the machines and other factory facilities for the mill would soon arrive Lagos Port. Ahmad said that 5,000 out growers were engaged and at present they secured 2,000 metric tonnes of raw rice stored in their warehouse.
According to him, under out grower scheme, farmers were provided with inputs and the company served as the off taker under the arrangement. He said the factory would process 32 metric tonnes of rice per hour and has the combined capacity of processing 250, 000 metric tonnes per year.
Ahmad said construction, installations and production would commence in six months period adding that the visit was to urge the governor to hasten the processes.