The Ewu Flour Mill, originally known as Bendel Feed and Flour Mill (BFFM), now Prime Feed and Flour Mill, in Edo State, southern Nigeria, has been razed by fire.
The inferno started on Friday and raged on.
As of the time of filing this report, it was not clear if the fire had been extinguished.
Operations at the mill, which specialised on providing agricultural machinery, farm, animal feed offering chicken feed, feed mill products and others, came to a halt over 7 years ago.
Established in 1984 as part of the economic master plan of Late Prof. Ambrose Alli, former Governor of Bendel State, the Ewu Flour Mill was the economic centre of attraction in the entire Esanland outside the University in Ekpoma.
Its main products, the Ivory Flour and Guinea Feed, were regarded as the best in Nigeria. It operated depots across the regions in Nigeria as far as Sokoto and Maiduguri.
In its golden era, the mill was said to have provided thousands of direct and indirect employment for production and management personnel. European and other Nationals worked and resided in Ewu and it was like having a mini Europe in Esanland.
In the runup to the September 19, 2020, governorship election in Edo, Governor Godwin Obaseki, who was also the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the election, ordered the resuscitation of the Ewu Flour Mill in Esan Central Local Government Area of the state.
Obaseki promised to liaise with the plant’s investors, Prime Feed and Flour Mill Limited, to speed up work in the company.
“I want to resuscitate Ewu Flour Mill. We have started work. I have talked to the contractor,” he assured residents at the time.
The company was privatised when Edo and Delta States were created from the defunct Bendel State.