Senator Istifanus Gyang representing Plateau North in Nigeria’s National Assembly, Saturday launched a strictly “rural farmers market” to aid agro sales in the State.
The market, located in Riyom Local Government Area would serve as catalyst for commerce at the grassroots, Gyang said.
The villagers, largely agrarian, will no longer fear losing crops to lack of storage facilities as they would easily dispose them, Jok said.
Launched as part of activities marking the Senator’s first year in office, the market comprising 90 shops – 10 lockup and 80 open shops is the largest in the locality, said Village Chief of Riyom, Mr. Sam Jok.
The market is “more than coronavirus palliatives,” said Mr. Peter Gyendeng, a member of the Plateau State House of Assembly.
If well exploited, the market will make many millionaires in the locality, said Mr. Musa Bagos, the House of Reps Member for Jos South/Jos East Federal Constituency.
“There is nothing more beneficial to the electorates than projects like this that have direct nesting on their welfare,” added Mr. Victor Mela, a ruling Party House of Reps Member from Gombe, Northeast Nigeria.
The local government council itself will earn more revenue with the launch of the market, Mr. Mafeng Gwalson, the Chairman of Riyom LGA said.
But this is just the beginning, said Senator Gyang. “We have given fertilizers to all the electoral wards in the Senatorial Zone, given 130 grinding and sewing machines as well as tricycles to enhance the earning capacity of our youths and women but we hope to do more with your support,” he said.
The Senator has sponsored free medical outreaches in the past, constructed rural roads, executed rural electrification projects and among others, given grants to youths and women to start and expand businesses, thereby winning the hearts of the electorates, Mr. Yakubu Chaimang, the Paramount Ruler of Riyom said.
Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party in the State, Yakubu Chocho pledged the continued support of the Party to enable the Senator do more for his people.