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Stakeholders gather for vulture conservation in Nguru Vulture

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The representatives of Hunters’ Association, Farmers’ Association, Herders’ Association (MiyettiAllah), Traditional Medicine Practitioners (trado-medics), Heads of political wards and community women leader recently gathered to discuss threats against vultures and solutions to tackle the challenge in Yobe State.

Dr. MuhtariAminu-Kano, the Director-General, Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) in a statement he issued in Abuja on Friday.

Harry Hansonon, the Project Office of NCF, who represented the D-G highlighted the threats against vultures in the northern Nigeria, calling on all in attendance to rise up to stop the killing of vultures for sale and belief-based uses.

“Angulu (vulture) is going into extinction because of killings here and there and if we don’t stop the killing and make use of alternatives, in the next few years, we won’t have Angulu here again, ”he said.

Dr Sulaiman Mohammed, a Biological Science Lecturer from the Federal University Dutse, Jigawa State, educated the listeners more on the importance of conserving vultures;the health and economic benefits to the people in the community and northern Nigeria as a whole; cultural and historical importance to the future generation and as well as cleanliness of the environment.

He said “If the only thing we see in vultures is the opportunity to make money by killing and selling it, using it for ritual and traditional medicines, we are only destroying our lives and future as absence of vultures around us leads to critical diseases and dirty environment”.

Alhaji Lawan Modu, the Village Head of Dumsai Community who represented the Emir of Nguru, appealed to NCF not to make this kind of meeting a one-off event, but a regular event to sustain the enlightenment campaign.

He also urged that there should be a follow-up action immediately in order to make the points raised sink down into the people.

“If there are no activities that will follow this programme, people will forget the talk and continue to do what they like,” he said.

Alh. Goni, the Secretary of Trado-medics, pledged his association’s support to the conservation of vultures and other bird species and encouraged his members to make use of the alternative cure to the use of Vulture.

A drama group engaged by the NCF Project Office performed excellently on the subject matter that depicted activities of hunters and herbalist against vultures and reason there must be shift from the use of vultures for the belief-based and illegal trade in the species.

The “Town Hall Meeting” was held in the palace of the village head of Garbi, a wetlands community of Nguru.

After the meeting, Harry Hanson led a team to pay courtesy visit to the Emir of Nguru, Alhaji Mustapha IbnMaikyari, who revealed that he had raised the issue of reviving Hadejia-Nguru Wetlands (HNW) with the Governor-elect of Yobe State, Mohammed Buni.

He said he requested from Buni to make HNW one of his top priority during his tenure and promised to continue to work for the betterment of the environment.

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NIHOTOUR Pledges Partnership With NATOP On Training For Members

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The Director General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), Alhaji Nura S Kangiwa has stressed the importance of training and knowledge-based skills as the bedrock for professional conduct of any given trade to achieve adequate, efficient and proper service delivery.

Alhaji Kangiwa who stated this when officials of the Nigerian Association of Tour Operators (NATOP) led by its President, Hajiya Bilqiz Abdul paid him a courtesy visit in his Abuja office and headquarters of the Institute said NIHOTOUR has in line with its mandate, been calling on all operators and practitioners in the Hospitality, Travel and Tourism industry to avail themselves of the training services offered by the Institute in order to improve and upgrade their skills for better, greater and safer service delivery in the sector.

He said the visit by NATOP officials to seek for partnership and collaboration for training of its members couldn’t have come at a better time than now when the Institute is been repositioned for better quality service delivery through proper and adequate training and re-training for all professionals and operators in the industry.

The Director General said it has been the long desire of NIHOTOUR as custodians and operators of the Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Sector Skill Council of the country to have all operators and practitioners in the industry comply with the mandatory provision of knowledge-based skill acquisition via training for better service delivery in line with global best practices, noting that it might soon be impossible for quack and ‘all comers’ into the industry to practice without due certification.

Earlier in her remarks, Hajiya Bilqiz said the courtesy visit was meant to seek support of the Institute in training members of the Association and continuously update them with professional skills and competence to operate optimally as professional tour operators.

Hajiya Bilqiz said as President of NATOP, she is greatly disturbed by the presence of unqualified practitioners in the sector, noting that it is not only killing the industry but bringing the good name of the profession into disrepute.

The NATOP President who narrated how unskilled operators in the industry have caused havoc, losses and dented image for tour operations in recent times, pleaded with the Director General to avail members of her Association the opportunity to acquire the necessary skills through the numerous training programmes offered by NIHOTOUR to check poor service delivery and halt the unwholesome practices of quacks and unqualified persons who see the industry as a sector for ‘all comers’.

The President who came in company of the Association’s Secretary General, Mr. Olaniran Owolabi Shaheed, appealed for a brief training session for members of the Association at their next meeting holding in Abuja to acquaint them of the relevance of training in the proper conduct and discharge of tour operation activities which was gladly granted by the Director General of NIHOTOUR as a mark for the start of training activities of members of NATOP by the Institute in due time to come.  

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