Nigeria At Risk Of Hunger, If… – Dangote
Chairman, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has said that if Nigeria did not check the level of food importation before 2020, we are bound to go hungry.
The Africa’s richest man lamented that 98 per cent of all dairy products consumed in the country are imported.
He said that the nation was at the risk of hunger in the next few years if the mass food importation was not checked.
Dangote made this assertion in Lagos on Monday while addressing some students of the Executive MBA class of the Lagos Business School who visited the Dangote Petrochemical Refinery.
He said, “Ninety-eight per cent of all the milk and dairy products we consume in Nigeria are imported.
“This is why Dangote Group has planned to develop dairy plants, and develop homegrown milk production, to reduce importation.
“By 2020, it is estimated that the Nigerian population would have risen to between 207 million and 210 million. If we do not make efforts to grow and process our own foods, God forbid, we will go hungry.
“We have been in talks with the Central Bank of Nigeria on ways we can add value to our local produce, and we have marked massive dairy production for the next three years.