By Obinna Uchendu
Plateau State has approved a new tourism policy to boost tourism in the state. Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong, perhaps, worried by the lack-lustre performance of the tourism sub-sector in the state had tasked tourism officials in the state to come out with necessary policy and guidelines for the development to move tourism forward. Tourism to the lush plateau is faced with a myriad of challenges.
Commissioner of Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Hospitality, Mrs. Tamwakat Weli said ‘‘The Draft Tourism Policy was necessary to enable speedy growth and development of our numerous tourism endowments and potential for the socio-economic development of our dear Plateau State.’’
Weli, who had worked in partnership with stakeholders for the policy formation, hinted that the draft had been in the works for months and was finally approved by the state executive council chaired by Lalong during its recent meeting.
She expressed her appreciation and great delight to the state governor for the approval even as she commended members of the Tourism Drafting Committee headed by Mrs. Martha Azi, the permanent secretary of the ministry, staff of the ministry and all the stakeholders across board that devoted their time and resources towards the achievement of what she said is a landmark for the state. ‘‘Your unflinching support towards achieving this dream for our beloved state is highly appreciated and commendable,’’ she said.
With this new policy, Plateau State, which was a leading destination in the country may be on its way to restore its former glory as “State of Tourism and Peace.”
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