By DUMAH RANDONG
THE Plateau State government has sought for closer ties with the Republic of South Korean Government to develop the agriculture, tourism and solid minerals sub-sectors.
Governor Lalong who made this position known while receiving on a courtesy call, the South Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency, Retired Major General Lee in-Tae at Government House Rayfield, Jos said the state was blessed with agriculture tourism and minerals resources and expressed his administrations willingness to partner with the Republic of South Korean in order to develop the sector.
Lalong represented by his Deputy, Prof. Sonni Tyoden pointed that “we have been impressed by the developmental experience of South Korea, we know what South Korean was in the early 50s and we know what it is today,” he added.
The governor maintained that any body who has been following development in South Korea, will definitely be concerned and be encouraged with the developmental strides the country has achieved so far.
He assured the ambassador that as a developing country, the state was open to any suggestions in terms of partnership, linkages that would not only bring the governments closer but enable the state emulate the South Korean developmental experience his administration came on board, it created the Ministry of Secondary and Higher Education while the budgetary allocation has also been increased for better funding.
Governor Lalong also stated that the state was blessed with a lot of tourism potentials and government was doing a lot to add to its aesthetic beauty.
Earlier, the South Korean Ambassador, His Excellency, Major General Lee In-Tae had explained that his country was interested in partnering with the state in the area of economic and job creation.
Lee In-Tae who disclosed that it was his first visit to the state, said he was impressed with the tourism potentials that the state has and appreciated government for the warm reception accorded them.