Dangote Group has commenced the disbursement of more than N850 million, as compensation to land owners affected by its sugar refinery project in Tunga, Awe Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
60,000 hectares was acquired by the group for the construction of the refinery.
Deputy Governor of the state, Silas Agara, who disbursed the funds to the beneficiaries on Thursday in Lafia, cautioned against impersonation and any act that would scuttle the project.
He said that government would sanction anyone sabotaging the effort, and assured that all those whose land was taken would be duly compensated.
Agara said the sugar refinery project was a rare privilege that would turn around the economic fortune of the community and state at large.
He lauded the community for their peaceful disposition since the acquisition of their farmlands and called for more cooperation for the success of the project.
Mohammed Ibrahim-Shuaibu, traditional ruler of the area, commended the Dangote Group for the compensation, explaining that names of the beneficiaries were compiled by a committee that included members of the community.
Ibrahim-Shuaibu assured the company of the community’s full support and cooperation, for the takeoff and smooth operation of the sugar refinery.