The Plateau State Government is to partner Australia in exploring investment opportunities in agriculture, mining and other sectors of mutual benefit.
Governor Simon Lalong stated this while playing host to the Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Paul Lemann in his office in Jos on Friday.
Governor Lalong who noted that Plateau and Australia had many things in common, stressed that while Plateau was the hub of mining in Nigeria, Australia had a global reputation for mining.
According to him, his administration is committed towards developing areas in which the state has comparative advantages, such as mining and agriculture,among others.
Lalong expressed delight in the Australian Government’s interest in investing in key sectors in the state and pledged to partner with them for the benefit of Nigeria and Australia.
Earlier in his remark, the High Commissioner stated that the Australian Government was aware of Plateau State’s huge mining and agricultural potentials, and was willing to invest in the state.
‘‘We have seen big opportunities and yesterday (Thursday), we were at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos; institutions like NIPSS could help us to explore the opportunities,’’ he said.
The High Commissioner also disclosed that the Australian government would give scholarship awards to the state government’s officials in the key areas of cooperation, that is, agriculture and mining.
Lemann also commended Lalong for his efforts in bringing about peace in the state, which has created the enabling enviro for state development.
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity