Gov. Lalong lauds Plateau business community for rejuvenating state’s economy
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau has lauded the business community for their support and collaboration, which he said, had resulted in the rejuvenation of the economic fortunes of the state.
Makut Simon Macham, director of press and public affairs to the governor, said in a statement that Mr Lalong made this known at the sixth annual governor’s meeting with the business community at the new Government House, Little Rayfield, in Jos.
Mr Lalong said the level of commitment exhibited by the business community gave much confidence to the administration to pursue economic revival and ease of doing business.
He said the support had enabled the government to undertake the laudable projects and programmes that had improved the state’s GDP and uplifted the quality of life of residents.
Mr Lalong said one of the critical goals of his administration was to make it easy for businesses to run efficiently and focus on improving the investment climate and business environment by introducing innovative reforms in the processes and activities of the business-related government.
He explained that his constant engagement with the business community gave him the opportunity to clearly understand and address some of the challenges that made entrepreneurship difficult in the past.
The governor said through the creation of the One Stop Investment Centre (OSIC), the Multi-Door Court House and the incentives given in land acquisition, infrastructure and tax holidays, the government made it attractive for businesses to spring up, thereby enabling MSMEs to increase their presence in the state.
Chairman, Economic Advisory Council, Ezekiel Gomos, said the government’s passion for ensuring economic growth and prosperity pushed him to focus on key issues that impacted the ease of doing business.
Mr Gomos said security and infrastructure had improved the efficiency and effectiveness of government MDAs, which resulted in Plateau being ranked 14th in the ease of doing business nationally, a better outing from previous positions that were not appreciable.
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