As the Federal Government moves to arrest insecurity in the country by taking charge of hitherto ungoverned spaces, the Kano State Government has assured the National Park Service (NPS) of necessary support in the discharge of its operations in Falgore Game Reserve, which is now designated a national park, in the state.
Similarly, the Jigawa State Government on has assured the NPS of assistance in the smooth transition of the Hadejia Wetland Game Reserve to a national park.
Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje gave the assurance when the Conservator-General (CG) of the NPS, Dr. Ibrahim Goni, and his entourage paid him a courtesy visit in Kano, North-West Nigeria.
Ganduje, who was represented by the Commissioner for History, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Ali Hamza, apologised for the communication gap between the state and the NPS.
“I’m assuring the CG and his entourage that henceforth any meeting that is going to take place in Abuja with regards to this national assignment on the establishment of national parks, Kano State will be at the forefront.
“Kano is interested, Kano is willing, and Kano will be in the forefront,” he assured the service.
Earlier, the CG said that the NPS bought 10 vehicles for all the states where new parks have been established with the take-off grant the Federal Government provided.
“We bought firearms, patrol vehicles and office equipment,” Goni said.
He urged the Kano State Government to provide office accommodation for the smooth take-off of the national park in the state.
Goni also requested the State Government to liaise with the necessary security agencies to secure the arms that the NPS has procured for the new park.
He demanded that relevant stakeholders like the youth, women and traditional rulers should be carried along in the smooth take-off of the national park.
In a related development, Jigawa State Governor Mohammed Abubakar had give assurances of the state’s support for the project when Goni and his entourage paid him a courtesy visit in Dutse, the state capital, North-West Nigeria.
Abubakar, who was represented by his deputy, Malam Umar Namadi, further assured NPS of all required support for the smooth take-off of operations at the park.
“We believe that taking over that park will bring a lot of benefit to our people.
“The Hadejia Wetland Game Reserve is a very important National Park because it is historic.
“It has a long history and I’m sure that once it is taken over by the Federal Government, that park will be known internationally,” he said.
The governor further assured that all members at the National Assembly from Jigawa would speed up processes to support the taking-over of the park in the state.
Earlier, Goni urged the state to take the handing-over of the park seriously, to avoid degradation.
The CG implored the Jigawa State Government to provide office accommodation within and around the designated national park, which, according to him, was also in line with stakeholders’ resolution.
Goni commended Jigawa State for having Senator Ibrahim Hadejia as the Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment at the National Assembly.
He expressed optimism that for the NPS to attain great success in the handing and taking over of the 10 new national parks in the nine states of the federation, the Senator would live up to expectation.
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