Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State has expressed a strong desire to collaborate with France in educational, agriculture and solid mineral sector development to generate employment for the youth in the state.
Mutfwang made this known, during a courtesy visit by the Ambassador of the French Republic to Nigeria, Mrs. Emmanuelle Blatmann, and her delegation to the Government House in Rayfield, Jos, the capital of the state.
The governor stressed the state’s commitment to forging a productive partnership with France for the benefit of Nigerians residing in the state.
He said the initiatives are aimed at revitalising the state and ensuring quality education, food security and creating employment opportunities.
Caleb revealed plans to accelerate the growth of the Centre of Alliance Française located in Jos, which has been serving the community for over two decades, to advance educational development in the state. “Plateau boasts significant untapped tourism potential. As the ‘Home of Peace and Tourism’, we aim to explore all avenues for collaboration. We are fully committed to working with our development partners.”
In her remark, Blatmann highlighted ongoing developmental projects in partnership with some educational institutions such as the University of Jos (UNIJOS), the National Film Institute (NFI) in Jos and the National Veterinary and Research Institute (NVIR) in Vom, focusing on agricultural programmes, including the provision of animal vaccines and enhancing food security.
She also shared details of an educational programme initiated by the embassy that will benefit the state and the other four states in Nigeria.