18 March 2021 By Josiah Buzun
United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard has reiterated the commitment of her country to support Plateau State in areas of health, peace, security and the economy.
The Ambassador who stated this when she visited Governor Simon Lalong at the Government House, said she was in Plateau State for the Launch of the HIV Treatment Surge Light Campaign aimed at reducing the burden of people living with the virus and preventing further infections.
She said the partnership between Plateau State and the United States Government through its agencies would continue, especially now that the world is dealing with other health challenges such as COVID-19.
She also assured the Governor that the United States would continue to deepen its support for peace building and dialogue in the State to ensure restoration of peace in Plateau.
On his part, Governor Lalong appreciated the Ambassador for the visit to which he said reaffirmed the commitment of the United States in supporting various initiatives for development in the State, especially establishment of the Plateau Peace Building Agency which has become a model in the country.
On HIV Aids, the Governor said a lot had been done to ensure that those infected have access to treatment while those not infected remained negative.
He assured Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard that efforts of the US Government in tackling HIV and other diseases would not be allowed to waste as the State is making huge investments in hospitals, personnel and infrastructure.
The Governor who also maintained that Plateau State remained a viable investment destination for agriculture, tourism, solid minerals, technology and human capital development said US investors are welcome.
Governor Lalong explained that the Plateau State Economic and Investment Summit which was halted by COVID-19 would still hold before the end of this year.