The Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon Simon Bako Lalong has reiterated Government’s Commitment to diversify the economy of Plateau State in the key sectors of Agriculture, Solid Minerals and Tourism Development.

The Governor made this position known when he paid a courtesy call on the Consular General of the Nigerian Consulate in South Africa upon his commencement of a five day business and investment consultative meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Governor briefed the Consular General and Consulate Staff of the wealth of opportunities in the State which his Rescue Administration is opening up to enhance the revenue earning potentials of the State. He further informed the Consular General of his planned meeting with a team of South African investors for which he is soliciting the cooperation of the Consulate to encourage their investment in key areas of agriculture, solid mineral, tourism and the establishment of process industries in the State.

On her part the Consular General, Ambassador Mrs Uche Ajulu-Okeke, commended the Governor for the efforts made towards enhancing peace in the State which she said is the first condition to woo investors. She applauded the positive efforts of the Governor to attract potential investors to the State especially in this period of economic recession. She assured the Governor that the consulate was more than prepared to provide the necessary linkages and investment facilitation that will encourage South African investors to key into the enviable opportunities that the State possesses in the solid mineral, tourism and agricultural sector.

The Executive Governor who was accompanied on the trip by the Secretary to Government, Hon. Rufus Bature, House Committee Chairman on Environment and Solid Mineral, Hon. James Dakas, the Commissioners of Culture and Tourism, Information and Finance, took time to address the Arewa Forum and Plateau Indigenes in South Africa during which he presented a score card of the Rescue Administration in the State.

The Chairman of the Plateau Indigenes, Rev Fr. Emmanuel who was represented by My Ponjul Zwalda, appreciated the Governor for the return of peace to the State and for the efforts being made to diversify the State’s economy. He assured the Governor of the preparedness of the Plateau State Citizens in Diaspora to support the economic development of the Lalong Administration while also availing necessary contact that will expand on the investment potentials of the State.

The Governor as part of his five day business and investment consultative meeting will be hosting an investment summit and meeting South African Government Officials to concretize on strategic investment partnership in the areas of Agriculture, Solid Mineral Development and Agriculture.

Samuel Emmanuel Nanle

Director, Press & Public Affairs

27th September, 2016

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