Plateau state, which derives its name from Jos Plateau, is located more or less at the centre of the country. The state known as Nigeria's tourist haven is said to be a miniature Nigeria primarily because nearly all the ethnic groups of the country reside there. There are more than 30 ethnic groups in Plateau state. The people are hospitable and accommodating and have similar cultural and
traditional ways of life. Agriculture products are available in large scale and these include potatoes, groundnut, vegetables of varied sorts, fruits and yam. Natural resources as cassiterite, barytes, clay, kaolin columbite, tin, gemstone, galena quartz and feldspar. The Jos Plateau abounds in natural scenic vistas. The State (Plateau)is a land of beautiful sceneries, rich in cultural, historical heritage and excellent weather conditions.
JOS MUSEUM COMPLEX
Jos museum is Nigeria's first museum and it is situated at the foot of a tree covered granites mountains named Coronation Hill. It has accumulation of Terra Cotta Sculptures of Nok Culture as its most distinguished features.
Other places and things of interest
AFRIZERE CULTURAL FESTIVAL,
IRIGWE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION,
TAROH CULTURAL DAY,
PAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL,
GEOMAI DAY, PU''US KANG
RIYOM ROCK FORMATION
Located 25 kilometers from Jos along the Jos-Akwanga road is one of nature's most spectacular rock formations-the Riyom Rock, so called because it is located in the Riyom Town. Nature had carved out the geographical boundaries of Plateau State in the rock long before the state was even created.
This is one of Plateau's highest peaks and most rugged, and offers unrivalled opportunities to the mountain climbers and lovers of adventure. It is about 10 kilometres to the East of Jos.. The Hills serve as a camping spot to the Citizenship and Leadership Training centre.
The site is an area of Guinea Savanna on the slopes and top of a mid-altitude ridge of the Jos Plateau, beside the Jos-Kagoro road, about 70 km from Jos. The vegetation comprises gallery forests sorrounded by grasslands. The Assop river, which feeds the picturesque rapids and falls, drains part of the Jos Plateau.
Its remarkable inselberg rising abruptly 250 metres above the plain of Wase town. A notable topographic feature of 800-foot- (250-metre-) high hill, rises sharply above the savanna. It is a rock climber's heaven.
This resulted from the activities of tin mining in the area. Kurra Falls is used by Nigerian Electricity Supply Company (NESCO) to generate electricity power for a large number of communities in the area.
KURANG VOLCANIC MOUNTAIN
These highlands are washed by fetching springs which supply the popular spring water (SWAN) with natural spring water. It is located about 88 kilometres from Jos.
PANYAM FISH FARM
This is located in Mangu local government area about 60 kilometres South-East of Jos. The farm is ideal for sports fishing. It is man-made and its products are sold at subsidized price.
THE MUSEUM OF NIGERIA TRADITIONAL ARCHITECTURE (MOTNA)
This is erected on the same site with the National Museum Complex. Here are found the collection of traditional architecture.
PANDAM GAME RESERVE AND LAKE
This provides sports fishing activities and relaxation centre for the public.
THE JOS WILDLIFE PARK
Unique for its rare and exotic collection of animals, the park picnic areas are provided in the pine forest and the Vongnifwel Hill, 1,345 metres above sea level being the highest point east of Jos.
JOS ZOOLOGICAL GARDEN
This has a good stock of animals, bird and reptiles, it is situated within Jos metropolis and was established in 1957.
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Plateau Hotel Ltd.
Tel: 073-55740, 55382
22, Nnamdi Azikiwe Street,
Hill Station Hotel
10,Tundun Wada Road,
P.O. Box 72, Jos
Tel: 073-55300-3, 55398
Telex: 81130, Hilton NG.
Hotel De Doria
25B Apollo Crescent,
P.O. Box 6787,
Plateau Central Hotel
3, Zaria Bye Pass,
P.O. Box 283,
100/2, Cemetery Street,
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