The Conservator General, CG, National Park Service, NPS, Dr Ibrahim Musa Goni, says the Service is ready to partner with the Armed Forces of Nigeria, AFN, towards safeguarding the nation’s forest reserve.
Mr. Goni, who made this known when he led NPS management staff on a courtesy visit to the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor at the Defence Headquarters DHQ, in Abuja, stated that the NPS was established to protect and conserve the biodiversity in designated areas which he identified as national parks, game reserves and forest reserve.
Dr Goni applauded the AFN for supporting NPS and noted that there is need to sustain the existing synergy, by working together to tackle the current security challenges facing the nation.
The CG further explained that the collaborative arrangement would be on combat training of NPS was established to protect and conserve the biodiversity in designated areas which he identified as national parks, game reserves and forest reserve personnel and logistic support to boost the Agency’s mandate of securing the forest reserves.
According to him, “the forest reserves and national parks which are approximately one thousand, one hundred twenty nine square metres have become hideout for bandits and terrorists.
Responding, the CDS, General Lucky Irabor, represented by the Chief of Defence Policy and Plans, Air Vice Marshal Dahiru Sanda, reiterated the commitment of the AFN in collaborating with the NPS, describing the Service as a key agency in the security architecture of the nation.
He maintained that the relevant stakeholders must support the organization towards ensuring that the forests are well protected against criminalities.
The CDS charged NPS to dominate the nation’s forests in terms of intelligence gathering and information sharing with the military and other security agencies so as to checkmate every form of terror and other crimes.
A statement signed by the Director Defence Information, Major General, Benjamin Olufemi said the the visit was graced by the DHQ Departmental Chiefs and Directors. Among the NPS delegation were Assistant Conservators Dr Agboola Okofiyin, Mr Yakubu Mohammed Kolo, Mr Mohammed Kabir and Mr Yakubu Haruna Zull.