Eight years after abandoning a silo in southern Nigeria that has the capacity of preserving 100,000 tonnes of agriculture produce, the current administration is pledging to finish the project.

It was initiated in 2009 as part of Strategic Grains Reserve scheme to ensure food security by the Nigerian government but was abandoned along the line.

It sits in the South-South city of Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State and is meant to cater for farm produce from the region.

The Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, was at the project site in Igbogene area of Yenagoa on Saturday.

Lokpobiri said funds had been released to complete the 100,000-ton capacity silo by August.

It is one of the six grains storage facilities awarded for each of the six geo-political zones.

Lokpobiri noted that the silos in other zones had been completed, adding that the level of completion of the one in Bayelsa was not encouraging.

The minister, who was displeased with the level of job done so far, directed the contractors to come to Abuja for further briefings to work out strategy for the timely completion of the silo.