- Milling machines will soon be transported to Sokoto as the Dangote rice mill prepares to begin production
- The company's executive director disclosed that 25 hectares of land suitable for the project in Kware local government area has been identified
- The Sokoto government promised to remove any impediments that might affect them
The Dangote rice processing mill is set to begin the production of 250,000 metric tonnes in Sokoto in 2018.
Daily Trust reports that this was revealed by the executive director, stakeholders’ management and corporate communication of Dangote Group, Engineer Mansur Ahmed when he visited Governor Aminu Tambuwal.
He said as soon as they secure lands, they will transport the milling machines and install them.
He said: "We have already identified 25 hectares of land suitable for the project in Kware local government area and we have our civil engineers on ground. Our plan is to start the construction next week which will take six months to be completed.
"We are hoping to commence production before the end of this year to the tune of 32 metric tonnes per hour and 35,000 metric tonnes per annum."
He said the company has engaged “5000 farmers under our outgrower programme in Goronyo and Kware local government areas and so far secured 2000 metric tonnes of paddy rice.”
Ahmed applauded the state government for its support.
Governor Tambuwal in his remark assured them whatever impediments they were facing would be removed.
He said: "We will settle all the compensation latest by Friday and your Certificate of occupancy will be ready next week."
Meanwhile, newly trained Dangote Refinery graduate engineers promised an end to the ongoing fuel scarcity in the country when the refinery takes off.
The engineers just returned from a training programme at Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd in India, the company said on Sunday, February 11.
NAIJ.com gathers that the engineers have promised to deploy the knowledge and skills acquired during the training to ensure Nigeria is saved the embarrassment of fuel scarcity when the refinery comes on stream.
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