Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong, has said that his administration is determined to develop its solid minerals sector to boost Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, and reduce over dependence on oil revenue.
Lalong stated this in Jos while receiving the directing staff and students of Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji on study tour of Plateau who paid him a courtesy call.
The governor said that the state resolve was based on the dwindling oil revenue that has compelled government at all levels to devise other ways of survival.
“The price of oil is fallen on daily basis, from 147 dollars per barrel it is now selling at 27 dollars per barrel, nobody needs to tell Nigerians that we need to move elsewhere.
“We are no longer enjoying oil, our focus is now on the non-oil sector, especially solid minerals and tourism,’’ he said.
He commended the directing staff and students for the theme of the study tour which is “Repositioning Nigerian non-oil sector as major revenue’ and described it as apt.
Lalong said that the state was blessed with abundant minerals and tourism potentials pointing out that the tour would affords the staff and students the opportunity to see things for themselves.
The governor assured the team that the state government would give them the necessary support to succeed in the exercise which he believe would proffer new dimensions to the economic challenges facing the country.
Commodore Anthony Muogilim, Director, Curriculum and Doctrine Development, Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji who led the team said that they were in the state on a study tour to the state.
Muogilim said that the college embarks on study tour of states to study contemporary issues in line with its curriculum with a view to proffering solution.


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