Abandoned Tati hotel, Plateau.

By Marie-Therese Nanlong

Jos – To improve the aesthetics and tourism potentials of the Plateau State, the State Governor, Caleb Mutfwang has assured of revamping abandoned monumental buildings dotting the State which have become eyesores.

Mutfwang gave the assurance on Thursday while inspecting some legacy buildings like the nine-storey Joseph Gomwalk House, the Plateau Publishing Corporation, PPC (publisher of The Nigeria Standard titles), and the Tati Hotel, all in Jos where he frowned at the level of decay in the buildings and promised to revamp them for the good of the State.

The Governor who was conducted around the Standard Newspaper and the Joseph Gomwalk House by the Managing Director of the PPC, Chris Gyang inspected the machines some of which had been abandoned due to lack of manpower, consumables, and others, and frowned at the waste of resources which he promised to resuscitate

At the Tati Hotel, the Governor taken around by the State Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Joshua Laven reiterated the dignity of the building which is a critical asset would be restored.

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His words, “I came here to look at some Government assets which have been lying fallow for some time and what I have seen at the JD Gomwalk House and the Tati hotel are so much in deplorable conditions.

“We need to do something to rescue these buildings and make sure that their dignity is restored and we also put the buildings to very good and effective use.

“We cannot allow government assets to keep wasting particularly legacy assets like the JD Gomwalk House. The history of Plateau is tied to such buildings, we are glad that such buildings were properly constructed and they are still solid.

“They need to be upgraded in view of the times which we live. It is quite challenging but by the grace of God we will be able to restore the integrity of these buildings. It is a part of our programme. We will evaluate the issues, and send in the technical team for assessment so that they can guide us on what to do.”