Plateau To Partner South Africa On Tourism- Governor

The Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, on Tuesday said the state is doing everything possible to re-embrace tourism which it is known for over the years.

But he said peace must first be guaranteed in the state for tourism to thrive.

He spoke with State House correspondents after meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The governor said his recent visit to South Africa was aimed at developing tourism in Plateau State.

He said: “In South Africa I didn’t go alone, I went with some commissioners and some House of Assembly members and right there in South African we told them what we are doing at every places we visited. It was really to the benefit of Plateau State, specifically it was about tourism.

“Our relationship in the area of tourism, you know plateau is the home of peace and tourism. We are trying to maintain the peace now, when we achieve that fully we are going back to tourism.

“South Africa is one place that is renowned for tourism, so we went there to see some of the places and also to create partnership with them, to come to Plateau and invest in tourism.

“While we were there, we also explored opportunities to visit sites like the headquarters of Shoprite. We need shopping malls in plateau, we are building the main market and in addition to that we are also thinking of having so many shopping malls in the state.

“From this week some of the investors will be visiting Jos to see things for themselves and possibly sign MOU.”

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Plateau to partner South Africa on tourism – Governor