The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday commissioned the 200,000-capacity yam storage facility at Zaki Biam in Benue State.
The Presidency had said the facility was part of the Federal Government’s determination to support the growth of small businesses across the country, through the provision of critical infrastructure.
The facility, located at the Zaki Biam International Yam Market, is part of the National MSMEs Shared Facility Scheme, being implemented by the federal government under the National MSMEs Clinics.
The shared facility project, an initiative of the National MSMEs Clinics, is aimed at providing for the needs of businesses under a production cluster arrangement.
The pilot scheme was inaugurated by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Oyo (the production of Shea-butter, and the Fashion Industry) and Bauchi (Production of Groundnut Oil, and the production of Liquid/Hard Soaps).
In a tweet, Osinbajo noted that The Zaki Biam market accounted for 70 per cent of the yam cultivated in Nigeria.
He said, “Over 200 trucks load two million tubers of yam weekly.
“As part of the Shared Facilities Initiative of the MSMEClinics, it was my pleasure to commission the 200,000 yam capacity storage facility in Zaki Biam.”