The Governor of Plateau State, Mr. Simon Lalong, on Thursday said the people of the state now enjoy peace, having successfully overcome the security challenge that bedevilled it.
He said the state government will do everything possible to push for the reactivation of the Inland Dry Container Port being executed by the federal government in Jos, the state capital.
Lalong, who made the statements during a working visit to the management of the Nigerian Shippers Council in Abuja, said that contrary to fears created in the minds of people about the security situation in the Plateau, the entire state now enjoys relative peace and order.
He said Plateau state is about 80% peaceful.
“Apart from the issue of cattle rustling that is also rampant in other parts of the north, the state is now enjoying a peaceful atmosphere, which is good for business. I must say that we have received a lot of cooperation from Mr. President, because anything we ask in terms of security, we always get. So, for now we have a very peaceful atmosphere for people to invest,” he said.
He expressed the hope that as soon as the Inland Dry Port project is completed, actual export and import business will boom in the Plateau.
He said having been informed of the reasons why the project was kept on hold, his administration would take immediate measures to reactivate it.
“I am personally interested because he said the idea of the ICD was mooted when I was the Speaker of the House of Assembly but was disappointed the project has been abandoned,” he said.