In line with Northern Nigeria Flour Mills Plc’s (NNFM) vision to become the foremost processor of traditional grain cereals that offer convenience, affordability, taste and nutrition to families in Northern Nigeria, the company launched its state-of-the-art ultra-modern sorghum milling plant in Kano, the largest of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa.

The commissioning ceremony was attended by the Executive Governor of Kano State, His Excellency Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, OFR; the Hon. Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajia, Aisha Abubakar; the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mal. Suleiman Barau (representing the Governor of the CBN); the Executive Director Large Enterprise, Bank of Industry, Mr. Simon Aranonu (representing the MD BoI); Representative of HRH Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II; representatives of Farmers’ Associations and other dignitaries from across various industries.


The Governor of Kano State, in his speech, while commending NNFM and its parent company FMN, expressed happiness on the historic and unique commissioning of the Plant, the first of its kind in the country and coming within months of Kano State Government’s 2nd Economic and Investment Summit, with common objectives of revitalizing economic activities and uplifting the welfare of citizens.

The Hon. Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, in her remarks, acknowledged FMN’s role in promoting Federal Government of Nigeria’s development policies particularly in the area of agro-allied industries in the North.

The representatives of the CBN and the BoI were unanimous in commending NNFM and FMN for the initiative and pledged their continued support.  They noted that investments such as this are consistent with current CBN Agri Initiative, the Anchor Borrowers Scheme and other agro-allied financing schemes that create job opportunities, improve GDP growth, conserve foreign exchange and diversify the economy through the promotion of local content.


The Chairman of FMN, Mr. John G. Coumantoros, in his Key Note Address, reaffirmed FMN’s commitment to be one of the largest promoters of Government’s Agricultural Promotion Policy with its on-going investments in agro allied initiatives in its concept of integrated food basket of products with home grown produce. The investment is meant to position NNFM as FMN Group’s hub for local content processing and value addition, a centre of Excellence on Research & Development and Extension, feeding the nation every day from food produced from locally sourced raw materials and grains.  This was the vision of his late father George S. Coumantaros, who started the Mill in 1978.  He further stated that the Company intends to, in the near future, add multi-grain blending facilities to the mill.

The Mill, which was built at a cost of about N2billion with an installed capacity of 100,000 metric tons per annum, is another realization of the company’s strategic investment drive in Kano State and the wider Northern Nigeria and will actively empower up to 40,000 people (workers, logistics, traders, input and extension service providers) during the coming planting season, providing quality jobs, social upliftment and economic empowerment in the rural areas.