UGAR UKANDI ODEY, JOS
A senatorial aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in Plateau State has disclosed that there are oil and gas deposits in Plateau in commercial quantity even as this has failed to attract the attention of the federal government over the years.
In a chat with journalists in Jos, Barrister Phillip Peter Isah Nyitni said the oil and gas deposits are found in Shimankar, a location in Plateau South, specifically in Shendam local government area.
These extractive mineral deposits, along with economic trees and agricultural produce, he said, provide a wide range of employment opportunities and hope for the youths if explored and harnessed as huge revenue earners.
Nyitni said that a new economic blueprint which hopes to transform Plateau South and, indeed, the entire State to and investment and industrial destination is part of the reasons he is aspiring to be elected as Senator to represent Plateau South in the upper chamber of the National Assembly.
He regretted that palm produce which used to be part of the economic vegetation of Plateau South has been allowed to wither out of the landscape, promising that if elected, he will restore palm produce cultivation in export quantity, and engage and train the youths in modern ways of palm produce production and its value chain.
He said employment opportunities should not be lacking in the area because, as an agrarian environment, what is needed is training of man power and application of improved and mechanised farming methods for massive engagement and large scale farming.
With the right leadership and policies, he said, Plateau South will develop faster and become a global exemplar of economic and industrial revolution.