Taraba spends N17 bn on Mambilla road

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…Acquires 50-seater plane to boost tourism

Tourism in Taraba State is set to enjoy a boost following the award of a N17 billion contract for the construction of the road from Bali to Gembu, home of the famed Mambilla plateau.

In addition, the state has bought a 50-seater aircraft to beef up the Air Taraba fleet, ahead of the commissioning of he Jalingo airport.

The disclosures were contained in a statement signed by the state commissioner for information and tourism, Hon. Emmanuel Bello.

The state government, noted Bello, was delighted with the listing, by the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), of the temperate Mambilla plateau as the seven wonders of Nigeria.

“The highest altitude in the country, the Mambilla summit has a weather comparable only to that of Europe and affords holiday goers a befitting setting. It is also home to the world acclaimed Highland Tea- one of the finest of its kind,” he said.

The completion of the Bali-Gembu road, said the state government, would shorten the travelling  time from Jalingo to Gembu.

“We commend the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) for its support for tourism drive in the state as the NTDC Director General, Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, would soon visit the Mambilla Plateau,” the statement added.