Plateau Govt. seeks partnership with France on mineral resources development



The Plateau Government says it is seeking partnership with France to harness and develop the abundant mineral resources in the state.

Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau made the disclosure on Tuesday during a courtesy visit to the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Jerome Pasquier, at the French Embassy in Abuja .

Lalong, who led a delegation of some of cabinet members, said that collaboration in the areas of development of the  mineral resources,  intervention and technical expertise were vital.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“This visit is to discuss some of our state’s economic potential with and explore ways we collaborate for investments and exchanges that will benefit our people on both sides.

“I also wish to seek your support in facilitating , intervention funds, technical partnerships and investment linkages for  harnessing minerals like tin, columbite, granites, lead and zinc, copper among others,” he said.

According to him, part of economic blueprint is focused on mineral development, agriculture and tourism, hence the need to engage both domestic and foreign investors under a public-private partnership arrangement to achieve the feat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The governor urged the ambassador to visit Plateau’s One Stop Investment Centre to explore the many business potentials available in the state.

He said that Plateau was also ready to engage with France in areas of education, culture and tourism, including renewable energy, rural water supply and agriculture.

In response, the French Ambassador promised to strengthen diplomatic with Plateau by wooing private sector investments in agriculture and the mineral sector from France.

 

 

 

 

 

“We are aware that have many minerals in Plateau, and we know agriculture is a priority for Plateau and Nigeria as a whole, just as is it for France.

“Since Plateau has a good climate for growing almost every kind of agricultural crops and vegetables like strawberries, we see a lot of ways we work together with Nigerian investors.

“We will be interested in making our working relationship stronger and we will connect with private companies to partner with in the areas of agriculture and mineral development,” Pasquier assured.

 

 

 

 

 

 

While commending Lalong for putting in place a strategic plan on agriculture, the ambassador said that France was  also working with the University of and the Nigerian Film Institute to promote culture.

He said that  the French government was happy to support other peace initiatives as pursued by  Lalong and that  his  commitment would further entrench the fight against terrorism and criminality, of which is a global concern. (NAN)