The Management of Savannah Sugar Company, a subsidiary of Dangote Group, on Tuesday announced the resumption of business after over a month of closure.
The Group Managing Director, Sugar, Dangote Group, Abdullahi Sule made the announcement at a joint briefing with representatives of the company’s host community at Gyawana in Lamurde Local Government Area of Adamawa.
The company, which is situated in Adamawa, a North-eastern state in Nigeria, closed operations in June following a conflict with the host community over the layoff of 3000 casual workers.
“We had a misunderstanding that led to the closure of the company and God so kind we have resolved all the issues yesterday. We have decided that we are going to work as a family to move this company forward.
“The message here is that the Board, our Chairman, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, our leaders in this community are all working together to ensure the company’s progress and to enable it to play its major role in Nigeria.
“Today, Savannah is the only company that is producing sugar in the country and it has produced over 20,000 metric tonnes within the past 10 years,” he said.
Sule explained that it has been the standard practice by the company to conduct massive employment of casual workers during weeding, application of chemical and fertilizer as well as harvesting and crushing of sugar cane. Such workers are expected to be laid off after the season.
Sule disclosed that with the resumption of business on Tuesday, the company has re-engaged over 3000 casual staff to guard its sugar cane farm.
“Whenever the need for weeding arises we would re-engage over 2,500 people. It is our dream that Savannah will expand to employ about 10,000 people,” he said.
The leader of Gyawana Community, Mr. Jerome Dakama, and the Youth President of the community, Mr. Alfred Ngbali, respectively lauded the resumption of operation by the company.