The Nigerian Conservation Foundation, (NCF) is collaborating with the Ogun State Ministry of Forestry to organize a one-week Field Training and Orientation Programme for newly recruited Park Rangers in the state starting from 3rd February to 9th February, 2019. The training holds at Omo Forest Reserve, Area J4, Ogun State.
NCF has engaged Mr. Blessingtone Chando Maghanga from the Kenya Forest Service to facilitate the training. Maghanga is currently the Station Manager, Buda Forest Station- Kwale County. He has degrees in forest management and well experienced for over 2 decades in nature conservation and forest resources management.
With only 4% forest cover left in Nigeria, urgent actions are now required from government, private sector, communities and individuals to protect and sustainably manage what is left, while making reforestation an immediate priority. This dire situation warranted the collaboration between the Ogun State Government and the Nigerian Conservation Foundation to train and equip the newly recruited Park Rangers with the knowledge of sustainable management of the forest.
Recently, NCF raised awareness on the drastic loss of the Nigerian rainforest at an annual rate of 400,000 hectares annually. The Ogun state government in its bid to achieve positive transformation in the forestry sector has identified this collaboration and training as a much needed tool to complete the induction of the new Park Rangers into Ogun State forest management and wildlife protection.