Monday, 9 July 2012

Sugar Scarcity Looms As Dangote Refinery Gutted

The country may be faced with severe shortage of sugar, as Dangote Sugar Refineries, holders of about 70 percent market share of the nation's sugar market at the weekend recorded a major fire incident at its plant at the Apapa ports, Lagos.

The 600,000 metric tonnes per annum capacity plant is part of the Dangote Sugar outfit, which supplies sugar to over 70 per cent on the sugar market in the country.

The fire, which started at the plant at about 7.00pm on Saturday evening at the bagging station of the refinery, paralysed activities at the factory forcing the company to put production activities on hold.
The management of the company in a statement released to THISDAY yesterday however assured Nigerians that production would resume at the plant within the week, stressing that the refinery was only partially affected by incident.

"Fire occurred at the Dangote Sugar Refinery refining plant. The fire, which started at the bagging station about 7pm, was successfully contained within 30 minutes with the combined efforts of the company, Nigerian Ports Authority, Lagos State and Federal Fire Service and others. The incident partially disturbed production activities," the company said.

Speaking on the incident, the company's Managing Director, Mr. Abdullahi Sule, revealed that there were no casualties or loss of life during the incident, adding that investigation has commenced to ascertain the cause of the fire and the extent of damage to the affected area of the company. He added that the company employs good manufacturing and best practices in all its operations and will continue to safeguard its human and material resources.

Sule also assured the company's numerous customers and other stakeholders that this will not affect supplies of the company products, as there was adequate stock to meet and surpass customers' needs.


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