The Enugu Governor expressed his pleasure at the expected revival of the flour mill.
A Vietnamese company, DAO-VTV International Trading Services and Investment Ltd has signed an agreement to take over the moribund Enugu Sunrise Flour Mill for a period of 30 years.
Signing the agreement in Enugu on Thursday, the Governor, Sullivan Chime, said the revival of the flour mill would provide jobs for unemployed youth in the state.
He pledged the support of the government in exploring more avenues of collaboration with the Vietnamese Government.
“On our part, we will make sure that this agreement is fully implemented. We will give you all the support you need to succeed,” he said. “Sunrise Flour Mill used to be a very viable company but along the line, it went down the drain. I am happy that this company will be revived. We will explore all other means of collaborations with the Vietnamese in farming, animal feeding and healthcare.”
In his remarks, the Vietnamese Ambassador to Nigeria, Hoang Ngoc, said the agreement would further strengthen collaboration between Nigeria and Vietnam.
Mr. Ngoc commended the Enugu State Government for creating an enabling environment for investment in the state.
The Nigerian Ambassador to Vietnam, Matthias Okafor, said that Nigeria had a lot to learn from Vietnam in the area of rice and aquatic food production.
He said that Vietnam, which exports rice to different countries of the world, grows and harvests over 8.9 tonnes of rice per hectare.
“Vietnam was importing rice before but now, they export rice and aquatic food to both the U.S. and European countries. They have developed a variety of rice that can grow in swamp, upland and hilly areas. Their rice production is such that they harvest about 8.9 tonnes per hectare. They produce rice three times a year through irrigation. They have also out-grown us in the area of power generation, distribution and usage,’’ the ambassador said.
In an interview, the Enugu State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Jude Akubuilo,said the lease of the flour mill would last for a period of 30 years.