By Teryima Andrew
Plateau state government said it will this year boast it internally revenue generation through resocitating of moribund tourist sites to morden and standard tourist centres in the state.
Acting commissioner of finance, who is the permanent secretary, ministry of finance Alhaji Sani Yahaya revealed this Thursday in Jos, during the 2018 budgetary breakdown for ministries, paratatas, boards, directorates and other government agencies.
Alhaji Sani stressed further that, the sum of N354,900,000.00 has been earmarked as intervention in the Toursim sector with the sum of N100,000,,000.00 approved for the completion of the indoor theatre, while the Plateau State toursim corporation has been allocated the sum of N162,000,000.00 for the expansion of Jos wildlife park.
He also said Toursim is a major source of revenue earner for the state that is left untapped, to this end government is going into Public private partnership PPP arrangement to revive Jos Hotel, Plateau Hotels, Solomon later amusement park, Rock International Hotel and other tourist centers in the state, which are in bad stage.
The finance permanent secretary said the Plateau state government was committed in boosting industrialization through the encouragement of small and medium scale business established the Plateau State Microfinance Development Agency PLASMEDA.
Acording to him, already the agency has commenced disbursement of funds to individuals and Co operative societies.
On the prompt payment of salaries of Civil servants in the state and pensions of Retirees, the permanent secretary said are been paid as at when due.
Speaking on the welfare of state civil servants, he emphasised that civil servants will continued to have their welfare intacts, particularly promotions and other financial benefits implemented without delay, there by promoting harmonious relationship with labour
He informed that the state government has commenced the process to complete takeover of BARC farms, another revenue generation source.
He said more investment opportunities will be opened when the Jos Main market and other abundant investment are rebuilt and completed.
Ahaji Sani pointed out that it was evident in governments efforts in resuscitating the Bokkos Fertilizer Blending plant which has commenced the production of fertilizers in the state, which has already began full production.