Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State said the tourism potentials realized in his state is capable of taking youths off restiveness as he unveils the official logo and mascot for the 2017 maiden edition of the Jos Carnival, he stated this on Tuesday 7 March,2017 at the Eliel Centre in Jos with the theme, ‘Glamour and Limitless Possibilities’.
Lalong maintained that the Carnival is aimed at promoting the cultural heritage, tourism potentials and business opportunities the state and giving the state its rightful place as the home of peace and tourism in Nigeria.
According to the Governor, “Tourism has the potential to keep productive youths engaged and can take youths off restiveness in the state and the country in general especially with the return of peace in the state and having identified the tourism sector as key to the revenue drive of the rescue government.
“I am optimistic that with the participation of all our citizens cutting across cultures and traditions in the state, it will promote unity in diversity and by extension showcase our strength as a united people under God.” Lalong promised that his administration will continue to create a conducive atmosphere for all citizens of the state to go about their trades and vocations without any hindrance.
The Plateau State Commissioner for Tourism, Hon. Peter Mwatkon in his opening speech said the unveiling of the Carnival Logo is the preliminary stage of the maiden edition of Jos Carnival officially starting april 2017 during Easter period in Jos.
“We must tell the whole world our story that Plateau is quite peaceful and favorable to all legitimate businesses, I call on the private sector and the business community to take advantage of the maiden edition of this carnival powered by the state government to project their potentials and products” he stated.
Chairman of the occasion and Management Committee Chairman of Shendam LGA, Hon. Alex Naantuam said the occasion have given Plateau state a new look adding it to the list of tourist destination in the world.