The Senior Conservation Manager and head of NCF - Abuja office, Mohammed Garba Boyi made the call at an interactive session that was organized to raise awareness on the need to conserve wetlands and other important species like vultures at Nguru Yobe State.
Boyi outlined that wetlands are natural solution to climate change, but we still need species like Egyptian Vulture to clean up some unwanted items like carcasses/ dead animals that are sometimes disposed in such important ecosystem, so that they can function properly and render the expected, provisioning, educational, recreational and cultural services effectively.
The representative of the Chairman, Nguru Local Government Council, Alhaji Isa assured participants at the occasion that, as an organ of government that is very close to the local communities and operating at grassroot level, they will embark on intensive sensitization so as to see this important conservation message reach the concern stakeholders especially the local people. “It is actually our duty to spread/take this message to the local stakeholders” he said.
The Chairman of NCF promoters group in Yobe State, Alhaji Ladan Galadima said he was delighted by this intervention, initiated by NCF to salvage our wetlands and iconic species like the Egyptian Vulture, especially in this part of the world. Galadima expressed that the rate at which people are persecuting the species is worrisome and have even reached to a stage that you hardly see the bird/species flying around this area. “We really need to act and take proactive steps/measures to protect this species now” he said.
The Provost/head of the college of Health Sciences who is also the host for the event, indicated that despite the fact that his institute is training Environmental Health/Sanitation Officers, he believe that the natural system of cleaning the environment, in which, vultures are fully involve is the best, according to him something has to be done to bring back the population of vultures in Nigeria. “We definitely need to do something to address the decline we are witnessing today in the population of vultures, in this country, because the species are very important in the ecosystem”, said the provost.
The event was organized by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation in collaboration with the NCF Promoters group in Yobe State. Over two hundred stakeholders from different walks of life including students from twenty secondary schools and five tertiary institutions that are based around the Hadejia – Nguru Wetlands attended the event.