MORE NIGERIANS has emphasised the importance of wildlife conservation and urged the federal government to factor it as matter of policy. An environmental specialist Umar Ango who spoke to media in Abuja yesterday said that Nigeria should as a matter of urgency develop wild life policy in line with the United Nations Environment Programme UNEP on best environmental management practices. It would be recalled that Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC revealed plans to reduce the impact of its oil exploration and exploitation on the environment as a means of preserving and conserving wildlife resources to demonstrate its support for UNEP environmental programme. Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, made this commitment during the 2016 World Environment Day the theme: “Illegal Trade in Wildlife” as NNPC adopted the slogan “Let’s Go Wild for Life” at the NNPC Towers in Abuja. Represented by the Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Services, Mr. Isa Inuwa, Dr. Kachikwu noted that as part of the Corporation’s determination
to conserve wildlife, it has set up the Lekki Conservation Centre with the support of Chevron Nigeria Limited and Finima Nature Park in Bonny with the support of the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG Ltd. He stated that over time, the Federal Government has recognised the importance of wildlife resources and demonstrated its commitment to its preservation by establishing National Parks and Game Reserves for the protection and preservation of wildlife and
their natural habitats. According to him, stopping illegal trade in wildlife would ensure the preservation and maintenance of population of useful species, conservation of wildlife for education and research, protection of the fauna and flora resources from over exploitation for medicine and other economic products and expansion of the sphere for tourism and national development towards job creation through documentary research and supply of cellulose.
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Source:: Nigerian Pilot