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How Jos Trade Fair reunited Lalong, Ortom

By Andrew Ajijah

The alleged rifts between governors Samuel Ortom of Benue State and Barr. Simon Lalong of Plateau State, may be over afterall.

The hitherto feuding governors had congratulated one another on their victories at election tribunals.

Governor Ortom extended his pleasantries to Governor Lalong, on Monday, through Benue State’s Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment, Mrs. Helen Angweh, at the 2019 Jos Trade fair, holding at Polo-Field.

Recall that Governor Ortom and Governor  Lalong had been at loggerheads over insecurities in Benue State.

The Benue governor said, “I want to assure you that our (Benue) presence at this very trade fair is to lubricate our relationship with you (Lalong).”

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Governor Ortom, through the Permanent Secretary, said Benue State had learnt from Plateau State in the series of Trade Fair exhibited by the Governor Lalong-led administration in the state.

Congratulating, Governor Ortom over his recent victory at the election Tribunal, Governor Lalong said Plateau citizens and Benue State were one people and that, therefore, both states should work in synergy to develop the economy of the entire north central region of the Nigeria.

Commending the organisers of the 2019 Jos Trade Fair for a job well-done, Governor Lalong told the Plateau State Chambers of Commerce Industries Mines and Agriculture (PLACIMA) to identify a suitable site for construction of a permanent venue for trade fair in the state.

Earlier, Managing Director of  ANISTA Marketing Company, Miss Bolcit Barshep, organisers of the Fair, said the 2019 Jos Trade Fair was unique.

“I would like to use this medium to appreciate our foreign exhibitors who are seated here for the interest they have developed in the state which necessitated them travelling very long distances  to Nigeria and plateau state for the trade fair.”

She thanked the Plateau State Government for the opportunity given to her company to organise the Fair.

Chairman of the occasion and Director General, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Sir Joseph Ari, said the Fund was to complement efforts of the federal and state governments in skill acquisition to boost the nation’s economy.