Date Created: February 1976.
Capital City: Jos
Major Towns: Jos, Bukuru, Barkin/Ladi, Pankshin, Shendam,Langtang,
Plateau State came into being in February 1976 when it was carved out from the
former Benue/plateau State. Before the exercise, the area now known as Plateau
State was part of the defunct Province of Bauchi.
There are 17 local government areas in Plateau State. These are Jos North,
Bassa, Jos South, Barakin/ladi, Bokkos, Mangu, Pankshin, Kanam, Langtang North,
Wase, Langtang South, Qua'an Pan, Jos East, Riyom, Mikang and
Some of the indigenous ethnic grouping that make up the state include the
Berom, Nges, Tarok, Geomal, Youm, Montol, Rukuba, Challa, Jarawa, Atem etc.
Plateau State derives its name from the geographical landscape that
predominates in this part of the country often referred to as Jos Plateau. The
Plateau highland stands on an average heights of 400 metres above sea level
with peaks like the famous Shere hills around where the famous Citizenship and
Leadership Mountain School is located.
The foregoing physical features confer on the state a scenic beauty that makes
it a tourist haven, perhaps comparable to non in the country. Its picturesque
landscape include chains of captivating rock formations beautifully shaped and
bare rocks, chains of hills, artificial hillock and deep
gorges. Other tourist attractions include beautiful water falls the best known
of which are Asop falls, located 64 kilometres on the Jos Akwanga Road and the
Kura falls surrounded by beautiful lakes.
The Jos Wildlife Safari park, Museum, zoological Garden, the Ultra Modern
Market, Shere Hills Mountains Schools and Standard shopping malls are some of
the tourist attactions in and around the state capital. Major festivals in the
state include, Mandieng, Pisdung, Puskat, Bit, Geomai, Kwa-Kwa etc.
Jos is the state capital, and the cradle of tin mining operations on the
Plateau. Jos has an enviable weather and a fascinating rock environment. It
houses many institutions of research and learning, prominent among which are,
University of Jos, Police Staff College, Bukuru, St. Augustine Major Seminary,
Jos and the Theological College of Northern Nigeria.
The Jos Airport located at Heipang, 29 kilometres south of Jos is serviced by
the scheduled domestic flight of the Nigeria Airways and other private airlines
on a daily basis.
Healthcare delivery services also receive priority attention. There are the Jos
University Teaching Hospital and Jos Specialist Hospital. General Hospitals and
Health Centers spread across the State. Similarly, private clinics and
hospitals abound in many parts of the State.
This State of scenic beauty is known for both agricultural and manufacturing
activities. Agricultural products are produced in large scale and include
potatoes, groundnut, vegetables of varied sorts,fruits, yams and many other
The industrial development of Plateau State is phenomenal and predicated on its
rich natural resources as cassiterite, barytes, clay, kaolin columbite, tin,
gemstone, galena quartz and feldspar.
Priority is given to agro-industries which utilise local raw
materials. Some of the industrial and commercial concerns in the State are: Jos
International Breweries Limited-
brewers of Rock Lager Beer; Brewery
Agro-Research Company, Plateau Bottling Company; Plateau Glass Containers
Industries; ROC Hotel Ltd; and Nasreddin Group of Companies International Ltd.
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