By Salisu Baso
Kano State Government has reaffirmed its commitment towards protecting and conserving wildlife in the state. The State Commissioner of Environment, Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim Getso stated this while declaring open the Regional Action Plan Workshop on Combating Illegal Wildlife Trade and Vulture Conservation in Nigeria, held in the state recently.
This was contained in a statement from Sunusi Abdullahi Kofar Naisa, Chief Public Relations Officer of the ministry and made available to The Triumph in Kano. According to it, Dr. Getso said the state government, under the leadership of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, is seriously committed to doing everything possible to protect the forestry in order to safeguard the wildlife.
He further said his ministry has completed the draft on the state Forestry Bill which has already been shared with relevant stakeholders for input. He added that the state Ministry of Agriculture has collaborated with the Nigeria Conservation Foundation (NCF) for wild life advocacy and sensitization programme on preservation of endangered species and saving vulture campaign.
Regarding the plight and survival of the nation`s vulture and wildlife trade crisis, the commissioner maintained that the Federal Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with the state government, upgraded the Falgore Game Reserve to National Park, ensuring that the park would achieve its purpose and functions of wildlife conservation. He then implored the participants of the workshop to come out with strategies that could help in enhancing the enforcement, investigating and prosecuting of wildlife crime in the country in order to build some strategies and potential opportunities for the economy.
Earlier, the Director General of the NCF, Dr. Muntari Aminu Kano, said the workshop came into being after a research, in identifying the major causes of scarcity of wildlife in the country, particularly in the North. He said their finding showed that 71 per cent out of 2000 people are consuming bush meat, stressing the need for all the stakeholders to intervene and create awareness against the illegal wildlife trade.