- A high-powered delegation from the Vietnamese government are currently in Nigeria
- Their mission is to convince the federal government on the possibility of importing Vietnamese rice into the country
- The delegation's first port of call is the APC national chairman and former labour leader, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole
The government of Vietnam on Tuesday, October 29, appealed to the Nigerian government to allow its country to import rice into Nigeria.
The appeal was made on behalf of the Vietnamese government by its deputy prime minister, Vuong Dinh Hue.
Hue made the call when he led a delegation to the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
He said if their request is granted, Vietnam would import the commodity at discounted rates.
He also hinted that the delegation would also meet Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to present similar demands.
Responding, Comrade Oshiomhole said Nigeria would not accept such demand from Vietnam.
He, however, advised the country to rather secure land and invest in rice production in the country, adding that Nigeria would no longer become a dumping ground for unwanted chemicals and spoilt products among others.
According to him, Nigeria’s borders would remain closed until neighbouring countries learn to respect the rule of fair trade.
Oshiomhole also advised the delegation to focus on the defunct textile industry in the country.
His words: “Vietnam has a strong textile industry and you have an international market.
“I am particularly keen on this because I work in the textile factory before and I think that there are one or two things we can learn from your experience because we are on the verge of reviving our textile industry which will help us create jobs.”
He commended the Vietnamese government for backing Nigeria in its bid for the presidency of the United Nations, adding that the two nations will continue to deepen its relationship in the area of trade and investment for the benefit of the two countries.
Meanwhile, rice farmers in Cross River say they have the capacity to supply enough rice across the country.
The farmers, under the aegis of Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria, called on the federal government to permanently keep the land borders closed so that Nigerian processed rice can be made popular.
They described the government's closure of the border as a very bold step in ensuring that local investors and rice farmers get real value for their investment.
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