THE British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mrs.Calriona Laing has during a visit to Governor Simon Bako Lalong sought for areas of co-operation in the areas of agriculture, mining and peace development.

Our Correspondent reports that the British High Commissioner was in Jos on a working visit where she took time to pay a courtesy call on Gov. Lalong at Government House, little Rayfield,Jos, Tuesday.

She further said, though her country had a long standing relationship with the state way back in colonial era, the relationship would be strengthen with more help in peace development and investment as the state has great potential in so many spheres that needed to be tapped.

The High Commissioner promised to encourage British investors to invest in the state, now that the state is peaceful, and particularly that the present administration has shown commitment for development.

In his response, Governor Simon Bako Lalong while welcoming her to Plateau State, said reechoed the fact that the state was having a standing relationship with Britain in area of mining.

He used the occasion to apologise on behalf of the people of the state for the skirmishes that has diminish the peace it was known for, adding that, the state was now peaceful, saying he was happy to announce that his administration was ever ready to partner with not only Britain, but other countries of the world in whatever capacity.

Gov. Lalong revealed to the visiting High Commissioner that since his assumption of office, the his administration was able to establish the Plateau Peace Building Agency,PlASMEDA and the Disability Commission which have become a template for other states in the country.

He said the state, when it was in crisis/conflict, did not depend on security for peace,but, used its agencies to find solutions and for assistance for agencies to further strengthen its work.

THE NIGERIA STANDARD reports that Gov. Lalong also received in audience the Chief Executive Officers of companies from Austria, Germany and Switzerland who briefed him on some medical machines that can save lives produced by Schiller.


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