Four communities in Igahakin land, on Thursday, opened up a new economic corridor for sustainable food supply to residents of Lokoja metropolis and surrounding communities.
The agrarian communities – Igbonla, Apamoba, Akpata and Bakomba – forms the ancient Ighakin land in Oworo, Lokoja local government area of Kogi state. These communities are located between Agbaja and Lokoja, Kogi State capital.
Speaking with our correspondent who visited to witness the first market day, the spokesman of the communities, Oloruntoba Inubiaraiye, said the Ighaakin market, located in Bakomba, is a periodic market that will open for active business every five days.
“We the way it is designed, the Ighakin market day will hold every five days and this will always be a day before Lokoja market day.
“Instead of taking our farm produce to distant markets, with its attendant transportation cost eating deep into profits, we have come together to establish a market here in Bakomba. This new market provides an avenue for our hard working farmers to trade with ease.
“When our traders take their farm produce to other markets, they are subjected to the dictates of ‘presidents’ who determines how they sell. But here, they are free to sell their produce without inhibition.
“The choice of Bakomba for the market comes easy because of its location in the middle of Ighakin land,” he said.
Inubiaraiye said the Ighakin market, sitting on two hectares land, offers residents of Lokoja and its environs cheaper option when they need food supplies.
The Chief of Bakomba, James Ododo, said the people are excited about the new development.
“We sell yams till month of May every year. The yams you see here today are from Bassa farmers residing here. The Gbagis harvests and sells their yams from January. With this, consumers are guaranteed of regular supply for the better part of the year.”
He assured traders and buyers of adequate security and good bargain.