City & State
Jos, the capital of Plateau State, is situated close to the geographical center of Nigeria. It is a very important administrative, commercial and tourism hub in the region. The city is strategically linked to the rest of the country by road, rail and air, and is about 200km from Abuja, the nation’s modern capital. During British colonial rule, Jos grew rapidly and established itself as a popular destination for people of different backgrounds in Nigeria, as well as a large number of European nationals. Today, this great diversity of race, ethnicity and religion makes it one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the country.
Plateau is a state of contrasts, from rocky hills and rolling savannah to sandy valleys with spectacular lakes. At an altitude of over 4,000 feet above sea level, the city of Jos enjoys a very mild weather that is often compared to the Mediterranean climate. These cooler temperatures have resulted in the state becoming a favourite holiday destination for both tourists and expatriates alike. Popular attractions in the city include the National Museum, the Wildlife Safari Park and Jos City Zoo. The state is also blessed with breathtaking waterfalls like Assop Falls and Kurra Falls, which are ideal for boating, swimming, camping and rock climbing.
There are a number of quality hotels and lakeside resorts across Plateau, while the city of Jos boasts two superb golf courses, a polo club and a range of other recreational activities. The city houses prestigious institutions such as the Jos Business School (JBS) and the National Institute of Policy & Strategic Studies (NIPSS), which is the highest academic awarding body in the country. Jos is also home to Hillcrest School, an accredited American academy with a large and diverse international student population. The high quality of life, beautiful weather and fascinating scenery have made the city of Jos a preferred choice for many families in the country.