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No amounts of blackmail will stop Sugarcane project in Jigawa – Gov Badaru

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No amounts of blackmail will stop Sugarcane project in Jigawa - Gov Badaru

The Jigawa State Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar said no amount of blackmail will stop the ongoing Gagarawa sugarcane factory in the state.

The Governor made the remarks when he paid an unscheduled visit to the cane seedling plantation in Gagarawa while responding on blackmail that the company would not be actualized and will only be taking the sugarcane to China to process.

He assured the management of Great Northern Agriculture limited that the State Government was committed to the actualisation of the project.

“The Gagarawa sugar project was a done deal by the special grace of Allah as the project was going on ahead of schedule with sugar cane yield from the seed plantation averaging 100 tons per hectare or almost 20% more than expected” he stated.

The member elect representing Gagarawa/Gumel/Maigatari, Hon Nazif Sani also reacted to a news item credited to outgoing member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Sani Zorro claiming the House had passed a motion condemning the project.

He said several attempt was made by the outgoing member of the constituency Hon. Sani Zorro to move a motion in the House for the 2nd time to disparage the project failed miserably as his colleagues dismissed it at the first instance and advised him to have a rethink on the issue.

He said the project which will produce 100,000 tons of sugar when completed would also have a fertilizer plant, seasoning factory and produce MDF and HDF as well as generating about 5MW of power, was absolutely in line with the government’s resolve to promote mega agric investments in the country and save the country scarce foreign exchange from the import substitution.

He said the story appearing in one of the papers that the House of Representatives was probing the company was tissue of lies and consistent with former member of the House, Sani Zorro’s penchant for bizarre and incredulous press releases relating to the project, ranging from alleging that the company was taking the cane to China to process, to insinuating that it was not growing cane but acquiring the land to prospect for diamonds.

He said the people of Gagarawa were tired of Sani Zorro’s negative representation and had accordingly voted him out with a huge margin, so the 6 weeks he has left in office would be better served apologizing to his base for his diabolical attempts to scuttle a multimillion dollar legacy project when he couldn’t point to a single empowerment initiative that he anchored in his constituency in the last 4 years.

Honorable Nazif advised the people in the area to cooperate with the company and continue exposing the few bad eggs in their midst that were being used to give the project a negative image, and said the law will deal with anyone who engages in illegality irrespective of his standing in society.

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