Dangote Warns… Nigerians at risk of Hunger due to High Food Importation

Africa’s richest man and Chairman of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has said that 98 percent of all dairy products consumed in the country are imported.

He said that the nation is at the risk of hunger in the next few years if the mass food importation was not checked, immediately.
“Ninety-eight percent 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.”

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.

“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.

“We cannot solve all Nigeria’s problems, but at least we can embrace and add value to areas where we have comparative advantage,” he stressed.