Jos is the state capital of Plateau State at the center of Northern Nigeria. Its cool climate, due to its breathtaking system of plateaux, and its colonial importance as the tin mining center of Nigeria made it a favorite tourist destination. However, recent communal and religious violence had put this on hold. most recently Jos has gone clean out of religious and communal crisis, it is now slowly gaining its peace
Jos is inhabited by various ethnic groups chief of whom are the indigenous Jarawa, Birom, Anarguta, Bugi, Mwagwavul, Angas, Tarok and many more from different other place’s in Nigeria, Yoruba and Igbo, Hausa’s and many southerners displaced from other northern cities in the aftermath of religious violence. The widely spoken language is Hausa , because of the high literacy rate in Jos almost everyone speaks English.
Jos is a very old city built as one of the most oldest cities in Nigeria during the colonial rule. Jos has always been the home of many cultures and it will always be. because of its old structure Jos has been has been a very hard place for the government to renew. although place’s like ray-field and other new settlements have the most recent feeling of leaving in a developed city, but its oldest sites and tourist locations most certainly are very outdated.
Jos is served by many bus lines, chiefly Cross Country that runs air-conditioned mini-van services from Lagos and Abuja. The state government owned Plateau Line runs station wagon services, but these are mostly uncomfortably crowded trips. Many other state governments operated transport services with terminus’s in various Jos motor-parks from surrounding state capitals: Gombe, Lafia, Kaduna, Damaturu and even Yola. Other mini-bus or car services are private arrangements where you sit and wait for the vehicle to fill up, but are best avoided because the drivers tend to have dubious driving skills. you can also get into Jos by having a private driver on a private vehicle, because of the recent Terrorist acts; you may pass through a lot of security check points.
Arik air runs a once a day domestic flight from Lagos to Jos and back. The Jos airport is located some 30km from the town so it is best to have some money for a taxi fare to town (generally about 2,500 naira)if there will be nobody waiting for you.
The old locomotive trains famed in Cyprian Ekwensi’s ‘The Passport of Mallam Ilia’ no more bring the people in and the tin out.
You can get into Jos by a private Car or a rented vehicle
you can get into Jos by public bus’s that take passengers from particular spots
Jos has no surrounding big sea’s or rivers so the only way may be by Plane,Buses, or cars.
There are many taxi cabs, and other transport vehicles all over Jos, but they have to be shared with other passengers over defined routes. it is also possible to get a private taxi where you share with no one at all, but it is better to bear with the sharing than to be robed. Some mini-bus routes are also defined but these are difficult to understand. The taxis and buses almost always tend to be rickety. Motorcycle taxis, commonly known as ‘achaba’ are also a choice but these can be very dangerous as the road network is filled with a lot of potholes and there is a general lack of safe practices. The achaba rides also tend to be more expensive that the taxi or bus rides but are very flexible. but not to worry with the recent change in government (2017) the roads are more safer