By DUMAH RANDONG
The Plateau State government has expressed optimism that its partnership with international organizations such as the Rotary International would yield more results in terms of concrete projects that would positively affect the lives of the people in the state.
Governor Simon Bako Lalong made this position known when the Rotarians from District 6270, Wisconsin, USA led by Rotarian Julie Craig paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Little Rayfield, Jos last Thursday, as part of Friendship Exchange Programme to Plateau State.
Represented by his Deputy, Prof. Sonni Gwanle Tyoden, Lalong thanked the delegation for the choice of the state for the exchange visit and said this would help to put the record straight about the state, noting that the visit would equally afford them the opportunity to interact as well as know the people’s culture, adding that the way the Rotarians have been living with families exposes them to different cultures.
The Governor while wishing them a happy visit to the state, said government would continue to welcome more of such, stressing that one of the major items on the state’s slogan was the “Home of Peace and Tourism”, and hoped for a better relationship between government and the Rotarians from America would grow deeper and takes more meaningful forms in terms of concrete projects that would affect the lives of the people of the state.
Earlier, Leader of the delegation and President, Rotary International, District 6270, Wisconsin, USA, Rotarian Julie Craig said the purpose of the Friendship Exchange Programme was to have a firsthand information about Nigeria and Plateau State in particular so as to enable them tell the Nigerian story.
She disclosed that, there were over 1.2million Rotarians across the world and explained that they were passionate about assisting the government in the areas of sanitation, education, peace building as well as embark on some projects in the state.