Nigeria: Rabiu Urges Govt to Replicate the Nigerian Sugar Devt Council in the Rice Sector

Group Executive Director of BUA Group and pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Sugar Institute, Kabiru Rabiu, has advised the Federal Government to replicate the NSDC in the rice sub sector and other food industry sectors with growth potential.

Rabiu made this suggestion during the commissioning of the Nigeria industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council (Industrial Council) in Ilorin, Kwara State.

According to Rabiu, NSDC’s supervisory and coordination role in the sugar industry has been highly beneficial and is a model that should be replicated in other sectors. Currently, the NSDC coordinates the activities of the Nigerian Sugar sector through monitoring of the backward integration and import substitution programme that has seen significant investments in various Cane-to-Sugar projects by private operators in the industry.

Kabiru Rabiu, who was a pioneer Chairman of the NSI where he led the implementation committee for the Institute, expressed happiness that the institute had finally seen the light of the day.

He also stressed the importance and benefits of the institute on the sugar subsector in reducing the skills gap in the industry and attaining better technologies and techniques in sugarcane production and processing. It should be noted that Kabiru Rabiu first recommended the establishment of the institute during a Nigerian Industrial Council meeting chaired by Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo in 2018.

Speaking directly to the Minister for Industry, Trade and Investments, Otunba Niyi ADEBAYO who was launching the institute, Rabiu noted that whilst so much intervention and successes have been made in the rice sub sector, a lot more could be done through the introduction of a single coordinating body like the NSDC that can help the government in formulating policies and monitoring progress for Rice. This will help Nigeria move faster towards attaining adequate rice production, processing whilst reducing prices and boost competition.