NCF Urge Stakeholders to conserve wetlands and protect other iconic species like Egyptian Vulture

Monday, 25 March 2019 09:23

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.

 

 

 

 

NCF and PCWGN Promote Pangolin Conservation

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 11:35

 

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) and Pangolin Conservation Working Group of Nigeria (PCWGN) commemorate World Pangolin Day 2019 on Wednesday, 13th February, 2019 at the Lekki Conservation Centre, Lekki, Lagos with the theme “Pangolin and Politics”.

 

The Founder of Pangolin Conservation Organisation, USA, Mr. Justin Miller was the guest speaker, while the Chairperson of PCWGN, Dr. Olajumoke Morenikeji was the keynote speaker.

 

There was on-the-spot drawing and painting contest on pangolin and nature among the primary school pupils. Yahyala Goje of Royal Treasure Junior School emerged as the winner, while Power Emmanuel and Emmanuel Emanuel of Maria Breed Academy were the first and second runners up.

 

In attendance also were, Assistant Comptroller of Customs, Federal Operations unit, Ikeja, Mr. Sule Mutalib, NCF NEC members, Mr. Desmond Majekodunmi and Arc. Ayoola Onajide, CEO Fabe Int’l, Temitope Okunnnu.

 

The chief host of the event, Director General of NCF gave an opening speech.  

 

Event was attended by stakeholders, students and NCF members.

 

Drawing and painting contest on pangolin and nature among the primary school pupils

 

 

 

NCF, Ogun Forestry train Park Rangers

Thursday, 07 March 2019 15:52

 

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation, (NCF) in collaboration with the Ogun State Ministry of Forestry organized a one-week Field Training and Orientation Programme for newly recruited 86 Park Rangers in the state from 3rd February to 9th February, 2019. The training held at Omo Forest Reserve, Area J4, Ogun State.

 

NCF 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.

 

Other facilitators include, Mr. Dolapo Odulana, Acting Permanent Secretary for the Ministry, Dr. Joseph Onoja, Director, Technical Programmes, NCF and OMO Forest Manager.