The National Sugar Development Council (NSDC) has begun the official take-off of the Nigeria Sugar Institute (NSI), Ilorin, in an effort to continue the renovation of the Nigerian sugar industry.
The institute was founded to conduct research, develop modules for training professionals in the sector, and serve as the primary training hub for stakeholders in the sugar sub-sector of the Nigerian economy. This is according to Mr. Zacch Adedeji, Executive Secretary of NSDC, who spoke at the event yesterday.
Adedeji said research, data, and technology are essential components needed to establish a sugar sector that will rank Nigeria among the group of top sugar producers on the continent.
He asserted that the NSDC is dedicated to implementing programs, strategies, and innovations that will hasten Nigeria’s quest to achieve sugar production self-sufficiency through diligent implementation of the Nigerian Sugar Master Plan (NSMP).
He emphasized that over the past ten years of following the sugar road map, the industry has outperformed its local raw sugar refining capacity and achieved amazing success.