The government of Vietnam on Tuesday, October 29, appealed to the Nigerian government to allow its country to import rice into Nigeria.
The Vietnamese government made the appeal through 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 visit Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to present similar demands.
Comrade Oshiomhole however stated in clear terms that Nigeria would not accept such demand from Vietnam.
He, however, advised the country to rather procure a land and invest in rice production in the country, insisting 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 gave another useful advice to the delegation as he told them 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 supporting Nigeria in its bid for the presidency of the United Nations, adding that the two nations will continue to strenghten its relationship in the area of trade and investment for the benefit of the two countries.