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US Govt to extend partnership with Plateau State through USAID, APIN, PEPFAR – Ambassador

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

US’s Ambassador, Mary Beth Leonard, and Governor Simon Lalong at Govt House Jos

The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, has assured Plateau State Government that, the partnership between the United States Government through its agencies such as the USAID, APIN, PEPFAR will continue, especially now that the world is dealing with other health challenges such as COVID-19.

She stated that her presence in Plateau State was for the ‘Launching of the HIV Treatment Surge Light Campaign’ aimed at further reducing the burden of people living with the virus as well as preventing further infections.

The Ambassador was at the Government House, Rayfield Jos, on Wednesday, to reiterate the commitment of her country to supporting Plateau State in areas of health, peace, security and economy.

She also assured the governor that the United States will continue to deepen its support for peace building and dialogue in the State in support of the restoration of substantial peace in Plateau.

Responding, Governor Lalong appreciated her visit and reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to supporting various initiatives for development on the Plateau.

He thanked the United States for the support towards establishing the Plateau Peace Building Agency, which has become a model in the country.

On HIV/AIDS, the governor said a lot is being done to ensure that those infected have access to treatment, while those who are not infected remain negative.

He assured the ambassador that, the efforts of the US Government in tackling HIV and other diseases will not be allowed to waste, as the State is making huge investments in hospitals, personnel and infrastructure.

Accordingly, he said, the state remains a viable investment destination for agriculture, tourism, solid minerals, technology and human capital development, urging that US investors are welcome.

In another development, the governor also mentioned that, the delay in Plateau State Economic and Investment Summit, which was halted by COVID-19, will still hold, hopefully, by the end of the year.

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