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Diamond Stripes Set To Revive Moribund Enugu Palm Oil

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Diamond Stripes Limited through its Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV)- Pragmatic Palm Limited is set to revive the moribund Enugu-based United Palm Produce Limited (UPPL) as the firm has signed a deal with the Enugu State Government to acquire a controlling stake in UPPL.

Speaking at the signing ceremony in Enugu recently, the managing director & CEO of the firm George Nwangwu, said the move is to meet the high demand for palm products in Nigeria and across the globe. He said that the United Palm Products Ltd was capable of kick-starting the economic transformation of Enugu State.

“We have to realise that agriculture is a business. We are going to bring in a lot of equipment and we are going to process the palm. Not just the palm, the palm kernel is an export commodity. If you go back and look at the biggest import over the years, palm is actually number five on the list. So, it is a significant product, and we tend to make sure we optimise its potential here,” he said

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The United Palm Products Limited's three plantations in the state are located at Ugwuoba in Oji River Local Government Area, Akiyi, Umulokpa in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area and Ibite Olo in Ezeagu Local Government Area.

Nwangwu noted that the plantations can provide job opportunities to thousands of unemployed people in the state.

“Also, just to give you an example, to get the one at Oji River running, you are talking about close to 500 people because we need people to weed, to operate the plants and process it.So, you are also creating direct employment. If you put all these together, you can see that it runs into thousands of jobs,” he said.

The MD said the company aims to optimise palm oil production in the region and it is committed to revitalising UPPL's plantations, transforming them into a thriving oil palm production hub in the South East and indeed, Nigeria.

United Palm Products Ltd was set up by the state government to plant palm trees and engage in production of palm products such as palm oil and kernel, among others. The firm is an offshoot of the now defunct Agricultural Development Corporation established in 1970 by the then Eastern region government led by the then Premier Michael Okpara.

However, the United Palm Products Ltd has remained moribund as efforts by successive administrations in the state to revive it were unsuccessful but with the deal with Diamond Stripes Limited, an acclaimed agricultural processing firm, it is hoped that the moribund enterprise will come to life once again. 

Diamond Stripes Limited helmsman, Prof Nwangwu is renowned for his expertise in project finance, law and infrastructure finance. He brings a wealth of experience to the venture. As a social entrepreneur, his influence transcends academia and consultancy, cementing his position as a key figure in Africa's legal and business spheres.

With a track record of successful collaborations in various sectors including hydropower generation, ports, solar power, and agro-processing, the company provides a platform for international and domestic capital resources, delivering exceptional returns for investors.

 


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