Economic Recession: Tourism To The Rescue In Plateau

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As the economic hardship occasioned by the crash of oil price continues to bite harder, the  Plateau state government has decided to take advantage of the tourism potentials of the state to improve the wellbeing of the people of the state.
The state is particularly interested in using tourism to keep the youths engaged and thereby reduce youths restiveness in the state.
Plateau state is known as the ‘Home of Peace and Tourism’ where natural
and man-made tourists’ sites are in abundance. This,  combined with its friendly weather makes  the state a tourist destination.
From the rock formations in Riyom, Wase, to the wild life parks in Jos north, Pandam game reserve in Qua’an Pan local
government areas as well as the water falls at Kura in Barkin Ladi, Assop Ftalls in Riyom and Kwal falls in Bassa local government
areas, among other tourist sites, one can say the Plateau is indeed
the state of tourism.
The state governor,  Simon Lalong made public the intention of  his administration to take full advantage of the state’s tourism potentials  during the official unveiling of the  2017 Jos carnival logo and mascot.
The colourful ceremony was held at the Eliel Centre in Jos,the  state capital with the theme, “Glamour and Limitless Possibilities”.
The governor noted that  tourism had the potential to keep productive youths engaged and can take them off restiveness in the state and the country in general.
He restated his administration’s commitment to “Peace, Security and Good Governance as key policy thrust, which will be pursued vigorously through diverse means so that the state can enhance its socio -economic development in all aspects.
“Tourism remains undoubtedly one key area of advantage for us as a state, hence our interest in this sector, so that through the potentials that reside therein, we can achieve development in an atmosphere of peace and security.
“Today’s event is therefore unique, because we will be strategically unveiling and announcing our interest in the culture, tourism and hospitality industry in the state to Nigeria and the World in general.”
Lalong commended the state’s ministry of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality and all other stakeholders in the tourism sector, for the collaboration in unveiling the Jos Carnival Logo and Mascot for the 2017 Jos Carnival.
The elated governor added:”This event to the best of my knowledge is the first in the history of the state, which is to replicate and modify the national cultural carnival organized by the federal ministry of Tourism and Culture, which interestingly Plateau state’s contingents have always stood out uniquely, among all the participating cultural troupes in the country”.
According to him, the state will  employthe opportunity of the carnival, to showcase its cultural and historical resources,adding  that this will  begin  with this Logo unveiling in which the touristic endowment of the state is fully depicted.
“The logo, no doubt provides us a strategic marketing tool, for what we will be showcasing during the carnival to the whole world and for this, we must ensure it is aggressively circulated and popularized”, he stated .
The governor said that the theme of the carnival “Glamour and Limitless Possibilities” is also very relevant to the goal the state has set out to achieve with the carnival, adding that “it is our desire to use the glamour of nature and our cultural endowment for the building of peace and the advancement of our state economically.
“With the participation of all our citizens, cutting across cultures and traditions, we will also be promoting our unity in diversity and by extension, showcasing our strength as a united people under God”.
He urged  all the stakeholders to leave the venue of the event, with the passion and spirit to move the state up the ladder, so that they can collectively pass their rich cultural heritage and timeless bond of unity, to the generation yet unborn.
“As a government, we are poised to continually create a conducive atmosphere for all citizens in the state, to practice their trade and vocation without hindrance. This we will continue to do as we pursue all aspects of our policy thrust, and open up the space for the prosperity of our citizens in all sectors of the economy.
“With enduring peace and security, we will overcome all other hurdles that might stand in our way. I therefore invite you to make this carnival a success, because it is one clear way through which we can exhibit to the whole World, the return of peace to plateau state,” he stated .
Earlier, the state commissioner for Tourism and Hospitality, Hon. Peter Mwatkon had said that the unveiling of the carnival logo was the preliminary stage of the maiden edition of “Jos Carnival” as the carnival will properly come up in April during Easter period .
“We must tell the whole world our story that Plateau is peaceful and favourable to all legitimate businesses; I call on the private sector and business community to take advantage of the maiden edition of this carnival powered by the state government to project their potentials and products,” he stated.
The chairman of the occasion and management committee chairman of Shendam local government area , Hon. Alex Naantuam maintained that the occasion had given Plateau state a new lease of life in the comity of tourist destinations in the globe.

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