The Council sets up a committee to avoid clashes between host communities, sugar operators
The Executive Secretary of the National Sugar Development Council (NSDC), Mr. Zacch Adedeji, said the council has set up a committee to deal with issues related to clashes between host communities and sugar operators.
Adedeji made the revelation on Monday.
DAILY POST noted that there had been disagreements and clashes between most of the host communities and the sugar operators in recent years.
Adedeji, however, said the council had engaged key stakeholders on how best to deal with the problem.
He said the committee known as the Forum of Sugar Producing States is headed by Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State.
Adedeji, in a statement signed by the director of the office of the executive secretary, Mallam Ahmed Waziri, a copy of which was made available to DAILY POST in Ibadan on Monday, explained that the body which included the governors of the producing states of sugar, has one of its roles to provide land for sugar projects in their respective states.
He added that this would help resolve frequent conflicts over land ownership between communities and sugar operators.
He said: “On the perennial disagreements and clashes over land between host communities and sugar farmers, the Council engaged important stakeholders on how best to deal with the problem.
“We have found a solution to the problem. We now have an organization known as the Forum of Sugar Producing States, headed by my older brother and leader, Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State.
“The body included governors across the sugar production belts in the country. Their major role is to help provide land for sugar projects in their respective states, thus ending frequent clashes over land ownership between communities and sugar operators.
Adedeji, while speaking further, said the Nigeria Sugar Institute in Ilorin has started training young Nigerian graduates.
He explained that this would help reduce the unemployment rate in the country.
He added that the available records show that Nigeria is making steady and appreciable progress in implementing its political roadmap for the sugar sector.