Measures have been adopted to ensure unhindered take off of activities at the Dangote Sugar Cane plantation and sugar refinery in Tunga, Awe local government.

This was arrived at during a meeting held between Governor Almakura and stakeholders from Dangote group, Awe Communities and State government officials, where the Honorable Commissioner of Information Tourism and Culture gave a press briefing on the issue.

Press Statement

It would be recalled that Sugar Cane Plantation and Refinery Project of Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc was cited in Awe Local Government Area of Nasarawa State . In this regard, the Nasarawa state Government facilitated the acquisition of Land in Tunga , Awe, Azara, Wuse and Akiri Communities for the successful implementation of the project.

2. Following claims and counter claims of ownership of land by the communities affected by this laudable project , the Governor convened a meeting of stakeholders of the affected communities and the Dangote Sugar Company Ltd, where it was agreed that the State Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning should carry out detailed survey exercise (demarcation and beaconing ) of the entire land earmarked for the Dangote Sugar Refinery Project in Tunga , Awe, Azara, Wuse and Akiri.

3 Pursuant to the recommendations of the Ministry of Land and Physical Planning to wit , Government should take over possession of all the disputed lands within KafinMoyio, Dunya, Baure, Kadai and Azara Communities and in the exercise of powers conferred on the Governor of the State by the Land Use Act in addition to the need for peace , security and harmonious co- existence among the affected communities as well as the benefits derivable from the Sugar Refinery Project not only to the aforementioned Communities , but Nasarawa State in general .

4. His Excellency , Umaru Tanko Al-Makura , Governor of Nasarawa State and in consultation with the Awe and Tunga Communities has approved the recommendation of the state Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning as indicated in Paragraph 3 above and further resolved that the affected community of Kafin Moyi be paid their compensation , while they are enjoined to provide unfettered access to Dangote Group to the said Land without any let or hindrance so that the project can continue uninterrupted . The Company has further been enjoined to ensure that the proposed Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Projects affect all communities inn the area .

5. In view of this development , the State Government has taken Over all the disputed lands in the affected communities and donated same to the Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc. for its Nasarawa Sugar Project in Awe Local Government Area.

6. The State Ministry of Land and Physical Planning and the state Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs are hereby directed to take necessary actions in this regard.