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BREAKING: Dangote Petitions Trade Ministry Wants BUA Sugar Refinery Shut Down …… It’s Because We Refused Price Increase During Ramadan BUA Replies

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BREAKING: Dangote Petitions Trade Ministry Wants BUA Sugar Refinery Shut Down …… It’s Because We Refused Price Increase During Ramadan BUA Replies

April 08
10:13 2021
By Bamidele Ogundana

A major war has been raging in the Nigeria sugar industry for some time now and the bubbles seemed to have burst with Dangote’s decision to petition the Federal Government asking the Ministry of Trade to shut down BUA Group’s Sugar Refinery located in Port Harcourt.

In the letter dated 28th January, 2021 signed by Aliko Dangote himself as the Chairman Dangote Industries Limited, the billionaire claimed that when the BUA Sugar refinery was opened , he warned the Government and they told him that’ no new refinery would be allowed to operate in Nigeria’. Dangote accused BUA of operating with impunity by contavening the laws as laid down in the National sugar policy by selling it’s products locally instead of producing for export alone.

BUA in its own defence sent to the Honourable Minister of Trade however clarified issues by stating that the law allows it to sell inside Nigeria. Attaching the enabling permits and approval BUA stated that because of the connivance of the two major sugar manufacturers to hike the price of Sugar during the Ramadan period, the law allows it to sell locally.

BUA also warned that DANGOTE group and the other major player have not been involved in any backward integration project, rather they depend on 80% raw sugar allocation which is detrimental to the Nigerian economy in long term analysis. BUA on the other hand has been involved in backward integration project with BUA’s Lafiagi Sugar BIP set to be completed in 2022.

Over 250million dollars is believed to have been spent on the export focused BUA sugar refinery already and it is also employing over 1,000 Nigerians.

Meanwhile, BUA also noted that at the centre of this fight to force FG to close BUA Sugar refinery down is the price war.

Last year, before Ramadan, sugar sold for around 18,000 Naira per bag. But as Ramadan fasting started the price jumped to 30,000 per bag. The people had no choice but to buy it because they needed a lot of it during the period. So the manufacturers were smiling to the bank. BUA group noticed the trend and decided that it had to change. There was no reason to increase the price during Ramadan simply because the demand is high.

Usually the increase happens about one month to commencement of fasting

When the other manufacturers got across to BUA, Samad Rabiu refused. They put pressure on him, saying it was the right time to make good money but he put his feet down.

After failing to do that, they petitioned the Federal Government that he was breaking the law by selling sugar locally instead of for export.

A source however claimed that already, BUA group has dragged the Trade Minister to court to ensure that the operations of the sugar refinery is not tampered with all because of the desperate attempt by Dangote Group to monopolize the sugar trade in Nigeria

 

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4 Comments

  1. Aminu shiitu idris
    Aminu shiitu idris April 08, 14:28

    Who ever symphatize wt masses in this holy month coming and beyong may Allah symphatize wt him in the day of resurrection( last day of judgement)

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  2. Mohammed bulama
    Mohammed bulama April 08, 14:52

    Good bless you

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  3. Ashy Bay
    Ashy Bay April 08, 16:57

    What a hell is this trade war started by Dangote group of companies? Dangote is not helping Nigeria economy rather he is oppressing Nigeria populace. All the products his companies produced local are more expensive than other manufacturers products in the same industry. His companies always initiate price increase in the country. For instance Dangote cement is the most expensive in the country. His companies drove up the price upwards. Too.
    Nigeria consumers should be prepared to boycott all Dangote products. His new refinery will not do any Nigerian any good as the price of fuel will be driven upwards.

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    • Al-Gulam
      Al-Gulam April 08, 20:16

      You claim you educated, but up till now you under colonization,
      How comes a country like Nigeria have only one person to control it’s market cycle. Dangote is not a good person for whole population of human kind in this country.

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