National Sugar Development Council(NSDC) has charged the media to support the council in its drive for the continuous growth of the local sugar Industry and the attainment of self-sufficiency in sugar production in Nigeria.
Mr. Zacch Adedeji, Executive Secretary of the National Sugar Development Council(NSDC) sought the support at a meeting with the leadership of Commerce and Industry Correspondents Association of Nigeria(CICAN,), in Abuja.
Mr. Adedeji disclosed that through the implementation of the Nigerian Sugar Masterplan(NSMP 2012-2022) the Council had recorded major breakthroughs for the country by attracting huge investments into the sugar sector.
“Let me respectfully refresh your memories, ladies and gentlemen, that during the first phase of the NSMP implementation from 2012-2022, we made a lot of landmark breakthroughs which we believe deserve more attention from you”.
Recall that the Federal Executive Council, on September 19, 2012, had approved the NSMP for implementation and adoption as a government strategy roadmap for the development of the sugar sub-sector in Nigeria.
The NSDC Executive Secretary assured that the Council will continue to work with stakeholders such as the media to achieve its desired goal of self-sufficiency in sugar production, especially now that the National Sugar Masterplan mandate has been extended for another 10 years, from 2023-2033.
He further called for the support of the media to enable the agency achieve what he described as ambitious and achievable targets contained in the extended sugar masterplan.
“You must be aware of the extension of the National Sugar Masterplan mandate for another 10 years, from 2023-2033, with all the ambitious and achievable targets contained therein.
“For us in the National Sugar Development Council (NSDC), we take our core mandate seriously and we don’t joke with our partners in progress, in the media who bridge the gap between us and the general public.
“The robust, mutually beneficial relationship we have had with you and your colleagues over the years is one thing we don’t take for granted. As always, our doors are always open to all our friends in the media. Anytime you call, we always give you audience.
“I want to assure both the new leaders and the past leadership that we will cooperate with you to deliver on your constitutional mandate of informing and educating Nigerians on happenings in the country as you support us to also deliver on our own mandate of pursuing the continuous growth of the local sugar Industry and the attainment of self-sufficiency in sugar production.
“Friends and partners in the Media, let me therefore use this medium to appeal to you to join us in this NSMP crusade from now to 2033 and ensure you give our activities and successes more publicity and visibility in your respective, reputable media organisations”the E.S said.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of CICAN, Mr Ifeanyi Onuba commended the agency for supporting the activities of the association over the years.
While seeking new areas of partnership between CICAN and the Council, Mr. Onuba harped on the need for the council to continue to educate and inform Nigerians through the media on its activities and programmes, being an important agency of government that is charged with the responsibility of regulating the nation’s sugar sector.
He added that, such engagements with the media, would make Nigerians better informed about government efforts to attract investments into the sector, thereby making the country self-reliant in sugar production.
The National Sugar Development Council is the sugar sector regulatory agency that is charged with the responsibility of coordinating the sugar sub-sector of the Nigerian economy with a view to ensuring that the country achieves a reasonable level of self sufficiency in its sugar production.