By Abel Leonard/ Lafia
Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, the Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has assured that the House would give Dangote Sugar Refinery in the state all the necessary legislative backing and support to suceed.
This, the speaker said, was to enhance the economic and security status of the state considering the benefit of the Refinery in the overall development of the state and the country at large.
Balarabe Abdullahi gave the assurance when he led other Principal Officers of the House on an on-the- spot assessment to Dangote Sugar Refinery, Tunga, Awe Local Government Area of the State today Saturday.
The speaker said that the visit was to see things for themselves and appreciated Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the President of Dangote Group for established the refinery in the state.
“We appreciate Alhaji Aliko Dangote for this project in our state as this project is a pride to Tunga, Nasarawa State, Nigeria and indeed Africa as a whole.
“The project will tackle unemployment thereby putting our unemployed youths and other people off the street.
“As it will also improve on the standard of living of the people of the state and Nigeria at large.
“Apart from the economic benefits, the project will also boost the security of the state as before now this place is a thick forest and hidden place where criminals will go out and perpetrate their criminal act, comes back and hide.
“But now there is no hidden place for them here Again, ” he said.
Balarabe Abdullahi commended Gov. Abdullahi Sule for ensuring that the project is established in the state when he was the Managing Director of the Sugar refinery of Dangote Group.
” I also want to commend the host community, Tunga, Awe Local government for supporting the establishment of the refinery in their communities and I call for their continued support to enable the project succeed.
The speaker assured of its continued support to the activities of the Dangote Group to succeed.
“We will protect the project and ensure that all pending lands and boundary demarcation issues are addressed peacefully,
“I also appreciate the corporate social responsibility projects of the company to the host community which cut across school and health projects, water and scholarship among others. He added.
Responding, Alhaji Bello Abdullahi Dan-Musa, the General Manager, Government and Strategic Relations, Dangote Industries Ltd who took his time to briefed the Speaker on the company’s journey so far in the state appreciated the speaker and his entourage for the visit.
Abdullahi Damusa said that the visit would further boost the relationship between the House and Dangote refinery.
The general manager expressed the determination of Dangote to continue to invest in Nigeria in order to tackle unemployment and uplift the standard of living of Nigerians.
It would be reported that the speaker and his entourage inspected equipment, centre pivot machine, pump station among other facilities and sites.