Plateau State govt approves new tourism policy

A new vista has been opened for tourism to blossom in Plateau State as the state government has approved a new tourism policy for the state following a draft that was submitted to it by the Commissioner of Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Hospitality, Mrs. Tamwakat Weli, who in partnership with stakeholders had worked assiduously on the policy.

The draft, which has been in the works for months now was finally approved by the state executive council chaired by the state governor, Simon Lalong, during its recent meeting. Governor Lalong had tasked the commissioner to change the phase of tourism in the state by coming out with the necessary policy and guidelines for the development and tourism of tourism in the state.

In a reaction to this development, Weli, expressed 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,’’ said the commissioner, adding that: ‘‘The Draft Tourism Policy was necessary to enable speedy growth and development of our numerous tourism endowments and potentials for the socio-economic development of our dear Plateau State.’’

With this new policy, Plateau State, which is known as the State of Tourism and Peace and was a leading destination in the country, with its Plateau State Tourism Board then under such leadership as Ladi Dakwo, making waves, the state may just be on its way back to the top but this may take a long short depending on how far the state government is willing to muster the right political support and funding for it to succeed.

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