Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has commissioned a 200,000 capacity yam storage facility in Zaki Biam, the headquarters of Ukum Local Government Area of Benue state.
Osinbanjo, who performed the ceremony on Tuesday via conferencing video, said Zaki Biam accounts for over 70 per cent of cultivated yams in the country.
According to him, over 200,000 trucks of yams go out of the Zaki Biam Market on a daily basis, but however, observed that the market has little storage facility hence the construction of the storage facility.
“This market will serve as a meeting point for all regulatory bodies including Bank of Industry (BOI), Standard Organization Nigeria (SON), and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to offer services, and shared facilities meant to expand production by Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs),” Osinbajo stated.
The Vice President promised that the federal government will provide access roads and solar street lights in the market, saying that the government is still keeping its promise of constructing homes for displaced persons in the state.
Benue state Governor, Samuel Ortom called on the federal government to stop the entry of foreign killer herdsmen into the country whose activities constitute threat to food security.
He said herders have killed over 60 Benue people between April and June this year and commended President Muhammadu Buhari for coming to the aide of the state.