By Christiana Gokyo, Jos
As an annual event, the Jos (2017) Trade Fair kick-started yesterday, Thursday, ushering in 500 registered participants – as against last year’s (2016) numbers of registered participants, which stood at about 300.
This staggering figure of participants at the Fair this year came as a big bang, as the State Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture had expected to register about 100 participants.
Declaring the Trade Fair open on Thursday in Jos, the Plateau state government said it has signed MOUs for the reconstruction of the Jos burnt Main Market and the revamping of the moribund Jos International Breweries (JIB).
The state governor, Barr Simon Lalong, has said Tax and Land Reforms Laws with reduced taxes and levies that will serve as incentives for the acquisition of land titles in the state has also been put in place.
According to Lalong, all the effects are critical and parts of the whole in the state’s Investment Promotion and Economic Recovery Program, and is to promote private sector participation in the Economic Development of the state.
He urged all youths in the state to desist from all actions or pronouncements, especially on social media, that are neither helpful nor constructive.
Governor Lalong also urged the people to be steadfast and commitment in building peace and fostering harmonious coexistence by not allowing these provocative incidences to serve as incentives for further hatred and/or motivation for vengeance.
On the Jos famous “Terminus Market,” Conscience Triumph is a bit surprised that its reconstruction has taken so too long to come about, but hopes that this time around, the state government will aggressively see to its logical conclusion.