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FG, UAE to re-introduce extinct species


The Federal government has concluded arrangements for the re-introduction of extinct species of animals, plants and birds, which have vanished in the country.
Under the plan, the government will be collaboration with United Arab Emirates to identify various extinct wildlife of economic importance, and possibility of collaborating with National Park Service in line with operation of wildlife globally.
The Conservator General of National Park Service, Dr. Ibrahim Goni stated this when Ambassador of United Arab Emirate, UAE, Dr. Fahad AITaffaq paid him courtesy visit in Abuja, Nigeria.
Goni explained that both countries have long historical ties in terms of commerce, tourism, economic, adding that they have been looking forward to collaborate with UAE because of its strategy position.


According to him, since the inception of the Park 40 years ago, they have lost a good numbers of species of wildlife, such as vultures, bush mango, and wild dogs, which were sighted eighteen years back.
Regretting that vultures are only found in Cross River State, the Conservator General hinted that presently forty-three (43) lions have survived, and the country is losing 6.7 percent its forest cover.
“We are reaching out international NGOs for them to pay attention on our national parks, especially as government is working towards launching the restoration of flora and fauna in the country.”
He, equally, maintained that they cannot discuss animals in isolation without plants, adding that parks house scientific, natural and cultural artifact, and should be independent, as obtained in Malaysia, USA.
Earlier, United Arab Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Fahad AITaffaq said they accord prime place to wildlife, climate change and environment, calling on Nigerian government to take stock of extinct species that would re introduced.
“Our door is open for more discussions the sector, and we would identify them the possibility of collaborating with National Park Service. We intend to have exchange programmes with Nigeria.”
Contributing, Assistant Conservator General, Suleiman Yahaya raised alarm that in the next 50 years bush mango would disappear in Eastern parts of Nigeria, calling on UAE to see what to do to halt it.
Appreciating the visit of Ambassador, Yahaya assured him that tourism activities are going on here, saying, we have been looking forward to partner with UAE because of its strategy position in European Union.
He stated that the national park is epic custodian of natural asset, and they are working with relevant authorities to establish more museums, noting that this would be vista of new lease with wildlife.

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