Dangote Group has commenced the disbursement of more than N850 million, as compensation to land owners affected by its sugar refinery project in Tunga, Awe Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, according to NAN.
60,000 hectares was reportedly acquired by the group for the construction of the refinery.
Silas Agara, the state’s deputy governor, who disbursed the funds to the beneficiaries Thursday in Lafia, cautioned against impersonation and any act that would scuttle the project, stating that the government is ready to sanction anyone sabotaging the effort, and assured that all those whose lands were taken would be duly compensated.
Agara asserted that the sugar refinery project was a rare privilege, which would turn around the economic fortune of the community and state at large.
Lauding the community members for their peaceful disposition since the acquisition of their farmlands, the deputy governor called for more cooperation for the success of the project.
Mohammed Ibrahim-Shuaibu, traditional ruler of the area, commended the Dangote Group for the compensation, explaining that names of the beneficiaries were compiled by a committee that included members of the community.
Ibrahim-Shuaibu assured the company of the community’s full support and cooperation, for the takeoff and smooth operation of the sugar refinery.