The Plateau State government says it invests in entertainment for its gains in tourism.

"It is a content of tourism," says the state commissioner for Tourism, Peter Mwankon.

Mwankon told this platform at the Little Rayfield Government House, Jos that the idea is to promote the tourism potentials of the state.

"It is also aimed at selling the state to the outside world (investors), he said".

Thus, already established artistes, he said, are the best engines to be used.

According to him, "If we must sell Plateau to the outside world, we need those entertainers that have made a name for themselves."

The government according to the commissioner also hopes to send messages of peace through the established entertainers.

"It now shows that peace has actually returned to the state since people of that caliber and from outside can come to the state for any event at all.

"They are the ones that take these messages to the outside world.

"If we say it has to be Jos entertainers, then the messages might not go far.

"What we want to do is to send strong signals, a attractive message and we must look for people that have made a name for themselves."

The state government recently came under attack for its involvement in entertainment and also the patronage of non-Plateau entertainers.

But the Tourism Commissioner said no event holds in the state without local artists getting chances to perform.