THE SOUTHERN REGION SENSITIZATION WORKSHOP ON NIGERIA SUGAR MASTER PLAN FOR STAKEHOLDERS IN THE SUGAR SUB-SECTOR.
The Southern Region Sensitization Workshop on Nigerian Sugar Master Plan for Stakeholders in the Sugar Sub-Sector organized by the National Sugar Development Council (NSDC) was held at Premier Hotel, Mokola Hill, Ibadan Oyo State, on Tuesday, 26th February, 2013. The theme of the one day workshop is: “Stimulating Investment in the Sugar sub-sector: Nigerian Sugar Master Plan (NSMP) as Strategic Tool”.
The Chairman of the occasion was Honourable Mohammed Ogoshi Onawo, Chairman, House Committee on Industries, National Assembly Complex, Abuja, while the Special Guest of Honour was Honourable Adeola Akande, Chief of Staff to the Executive Governor, Oyo State, who was ably represented by Mr. Peter Odetomi, Hon, Commissioner of Agriculture and Rural Development, Oyo State. The Keynote Address Titled: “Key Elements of the Nigerian Sugar Master Plan” was delivered by Dr. Abdulatif D. Busari, Executive Secretary, National Sugar Development Council, Abuja.Welcome Address was delivered by Mr. Peter Odetomi Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development, Oyo State. Goodwill messages were delivered by Mr. Misan Ukubeyinje, Honourable Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Delta State, Mr. Adebayo Olagbenro, Honourable Commissioner for Trade, Investment and Cooperatives, Oyo State; Mr. M.M. Ogedengbe, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Edo State, Prof. Lola Adekunle (Mama Sugar) Gayvita Sugar Company, and the Chairman Sugarcane Outgrower Association, Oyo State, Mr. Olusola Adepoju. The following Royal fathers in attendance also delivered good will messages and gave their Royal blessings to the programme-HRH, the Etsu Tsaragi, Alhaji Abdullahi Aliyu, HRM Oba (Dr) Adenola Adegbesan Onitasin of Itasin-Imobi Kingdom, Ogun State, HRM Oba Al-Maroof Adekunle Magbagbeola Olumoyero II, Olufon of Ifon – Osun Orolu Kingdom, Osun State, HRM Oba Isaac Ilori, Olowosoke Ogboru Olodo I – Olubosin of Ifetedo Kindgom, Osun State, Ma-Olori Bosun Dosunmu representing HRM Oba Dr Olusanya Adegboyega Dosunmu, Olowu of Owu Kingdom, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The workshop attracted participants from both Private and Public Sectors of Nigerian economy including Organized Private Sector (OPS) Technocrats, Academia, Captains of Industries, as well as farmers.
Four papers presented at the workshop were as follows:-
1 Investment opportunities in the Nigerian Sugar Sector, presented by Engr Abdullahi Sule, Managing Director, Dangote Sugar Refinery, Apapa, Lagos
2 Nigerian Sugar Master Plan (NSMP) as a Tool for Stimulating Rural Industrialization and the Nigerian Economy by Mr. Femi Boyede, Chief Consultant, Koinonia Venture Limited.
3 Adoption of Bio-Techology as a Catalyst for the Rapid Development of Local Sugar Industry by Chief Wasiu Odofin, Executive Director, National Centre for Genetic Resources and Biotechnology, Moor Plantation, Ibadan
4 The Sugar Industry as Complementary Power and Fuel Energy Provider in a Developing Economy by Mr. Alex Aligbe, CEO/Managing Director, Molindex Nigeria Limited, Benin City.