Last June, the federal government, through the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, signed an agreement with two companies – Flour Mills of Nigeria and Dangote – as well as the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) to undertake the N4.4 billion construction of the Apapa-Wharf Road in Lagos.
Based on the arrangement, the NPA would provide the sum of N1.8 billion, while the two companies would contribute N2.6 billion as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) endeavour.
Long may it continue
On Thursday, Pres. Muhammadu Buhari visited Niger state where he commissioned the multi-billion naira Sunti Golden Sugar Estate owned by the Flour Mills of Nigeria. The massive project is at Kudu, Mokwa local government area of Niger state.
Buhari commended Flour Mills of Nigeria for the massive project reportedly built at a cost of over N50 billion, with a capacity to produce 100,000 metric tons of sugar annually, and engage up to 10,000 people directly including a network of over 3,000 small-scale out growers of sugar cane.
He however seized the opportunity to ask for more. He asked that in addition to its massive investment, the company should take up the Sunti-Mokwa road as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility projects.
“We all know that Government cannot do everything alone. We will need to partner with the private sector,” Buhari said. “Therefore, we expect that the company would seize this opportunity to further develop the Sunti-Mokwa Road through its corporate social responsibility programs. This will complement the Flour Mills ongoing rebuilding of the critical Apapa-Wharf Road in conjunction with other private and public-sector stakeholders.”
Among the personalities who witnessed the event were the governor of Niger state, Abubakar Sani Bello; governor of Kebbi, Atiku Bagudu; Honourable Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah; the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele; Nigeria’s richest man, Aliko Dangote; deputy governor of Niger State, Alhaji Ahmed Ketso; the Etsu Nupe, HRH Alh. Yahaya Abubakar; among others.