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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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National Parks Services Arrests 20 illegal loggers

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…Pledges to Ensure Sanity In Nigeria Parks

Joel Ajayi

Conservator-General of National Park Service, Dr. Ibrahim Goni has revealed that about 20 illegal loggers were arrested in different park across the country.

Dr Goni reiterated the park commitment to eliminate activities of Bandit, kidnappers in all parks across the country through the numerous strategies and modus operandi.

While Speaking Abuja on Wednesday during a press conference to update the public on the outcome of the recent joint patrol carried out at the Kainji Lake National Park he said that, 20 illegal loggers were arrested who had different sizes of trucks, some articulated trucks, loaded with timber were arrested by the joint patrol team.

According to him, the recent collective collaboration between securities agencies and community is yielding serious result as 20 illegal loggers arrested in different park across the country.

“Indeed, the collaborative efforts paying off and will effectively degrade the activities of bandits and other criminal elements within our Parks and the surrounding communities.

“It is worthy to note that this operation was successful because of the vital information shared to the Service and which is a crucial role every person in Nigeria should play.

“It is pivotal in decisively checking the activities of criminals

“About twenty (20) number of illegal loggers who had different sizes of trucks, some articulated trucks, loaded with timber were arrested by the joint patrol team.

“Trespassers will eventually be prosecuted in accordance with the laws of the land.”

He assured the public that the management of the Park will continue to strive very hard to keep the sanity and integrity of our Parks.

“The Park, just like other forest reserves, has challenges such as illegal poaching, grazing, logging and fishing, and we have remained committed to attaining the desired status of a tourist destination for legal visitors

“The Management of the Park is fully aware of the security situation of the areas within our legal jurisdiction and as such, we are closing ranks with other relevant stakeholders to curb the daunting challenges associated with our operations.

“We will always evaluate, re-strategies and reinvigorate our ongoing operations to stem the tide of growing security threats around the Parks and adjoining communities

“We, therefore, call for continuous support from our host communities in this fight against illegal activities at our Parks and their environs.”

He therefore, urged Nigerians not to rest on their oars until normalcy is completely restored to our dear country.

C-G also revealed the park is not leaving any stone unturned to ensure the staff are properly train and re-train: “We don’t joke with training of our staff as new trend emerges, there is need to also equipped our men to enable them standout.

He also thanked the securities agencies: “these collaborations, which are a continuing exercise, would help to speedily restore peace and stability at our Parks, the host communities and Nigeria as a whole.”

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