By ISRAEL LAR
The Plateau State Investment and Economic Summit and Glorious Stars Planning Committees have been inaugurated with a charge to summit their report within in one month time.
Governor Simon Bako Lalong inaugurated the committees last Friday at the Twin Theatre of the Government House, Little Rayfield, Jos, the Plateau State capital.
Governor Lalong said for Plateau State to further develop, there was need to open the state to domestic and international investors who can bring in their resources to tap into the vast unexploited human and material potentials, which would include the hosting of an economic and investment summit that would not only showcase the business opportunities inherent in the state.
The summit, according to the Governor would also assist the state in rebranding and repackaging the state as the “Home of Peace and Tourism”.
Gov. Lalong while soliciting the cooperation of the citizens of the state for a successful economic summit, also said that his administration was optimistic that it would revive the economic fortunes of the state and as well provide job opportunities for the teeming youths in line with the “Next Level” vision by focusing on areas of comparative advantage which includes tourism, agriculture and mining.
While rolling out the terms of reference of the two committees, Gov. Lalong told them to plan and organise an economic and investment summit for the state with a theme, topic, identify and contact speakers and discussants, including to identify and invite participants, including companies and investors.
The terms of reference also include making contacts with relevant foreign missions, embassies and development partners for participation at the summit, as well as mobilizing relevant participants from Plateau State and Federal Government MDAs at the summit.
SUNDAY STANDARD reports that the terms of reference for the second committee, Glorious Stars Planning Committee include identifying those individuals who have made significant contributions in the development of the state and to arrange for appropriate approach of hosting the event of the Glorious Stars with a view to changing the negative narrative of Plateau State in the recent past and to make necessary arrangements for the success of the events.
The Governor however charged members of the two committees to carry out their tasks with all sense of responsibility and urgency as the administration was in a hurry to change the fortunes of the state.
Responding on behalf of the two committees, the Director General of the Industrial Training Fund, ITF, Sir Joseph Ntung Ari thanked the Governor for the opportunity given to them to serve.
“Your decision to set up the two committees is to add value to the state, being the first governor to set up these all important committees”, Sir Ari stated.
Ari however stated their commitment to the ideals of the governor’s administration, as his decision was to encapsulate the three point agenda of his administration, saying, they would carry out their assignments with the best of intentions.
Our Correspondent reports that the Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Prof. Sonni Gwanle Tyoden is the chairman of the Investment and Economic Summit.