Posted with permission from allAfrica.com

The management of Savannah Sugar Company in Adamawa, a subsidiary of Dangote Group on Tuesday announced resumption of business after over one month of closure.

The Group Managing Director, Sugar, Dangote Group, Abdullahi Sule, made the announcement at a joint briefing with representatives of the company's host community at Gyawana in Lamurde Local Government Area of Adamawa.

It could be recalled that the company closed operations in June following conflict with the host community over a layoff of 3000 casual workers.

"We had a misunderstanding that led to closure of the company and God so kind we resolved all the issues yesterday.

"We have decided that we are going to work as a family to move this company forward.

"The message here is that the board, our chairman, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, our leaders in this community are all working together to ensure the company's progress and to enable it play its major role in Nigeria.

"Today, Savannah is the only company that is producing sugar in the country and it has produced over 20,000 metric tonnes within the past 10 years," he said.

Sule said that the misunderstanding and the consequent closure of the company was unfortunate.

He said that the layoff of the casual workers "is normal" and should not have caused friction except for the poor manner it was handled by the officials when he was on vacation.

Sule explained also that it has been the standard practice by the company to conduct massive employment of casual workers during weeding, application of chemical and fertilizer as well as harvesting and crushing of sugar cane.

He said such workers were expected to be laid off after the season.

Sule disclosed that with the resumption of business on Tuesday, the company has reengaged over 300 casual staff to guard its sugar cane farm.

"Whenever the need for weeding arises we would reengage over 2,500 people.

"It is our dream that Savannah will expand to employ about 10,000 people," he said.

The leader of Gyawana community, Mr Jerome Dakama, and the youth president of the community, Mr Alfred Ngbali, respectively lauded the resumption of operation by the company.