Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote has promised to generate 200,000 jobs in Jigawa State by the end of this year. This is in a bid to support the new administration’s drive for economic revival of the state.
The Chairman of Dangote Group disclosed this in Dutse, the state capital. According to him, $250 million will be invested in the state where preparations for the production of 2 million tonnes of sugar, 337 million litres of ethanol and 650 metric tonnes of animal feeds in Kafin Hausa and Auyo had been concluded. when fully operational, the projects would provide 200,000 direct jobs and millions of indirect jobs to the teeming youths in the state.
Dangote said he decided to focus on the state due to the new administration’s resolve to open up investment opportunities in the agriculture sector in the state.
He assured that Dangote group was ready to work with state governments to transform the agricultural sector for maximum optimisation, job opportunities and improved food security.
Dangote described the Jigawa State policy on agricultural development as a welcome initiative that will soon place the state ahead of its peers in the North. Already, his group is investing millions of dollars in rice and sugar production in Kafin Hausa, and Auyo Local Government.
He therefore commended Governor Badaru Abubakar and urged him to continue with his mission of economic diversification.
“The best way to tackle poverty, unemployment and achieved economic stability is by focusing attention on agriculture,” Thisday quoted Dangote to have said.
“The earlier Nigeria diversify its economy the better for its as in the next couple of years oil would no longer have any value to those that have it,” he emphasised.
Speaking earlier, Governor Badaru told Dangote that his administration is ready to provide conducive environment for investments in the agriculture sector describing reliance on oil as unrealistic and a threat to national security.
He appreciated the richest man in Africa for the confidence reposed in his administration. He assured that his government will continue to welcome investors in the state.