The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi and Conservator General of the National Park Service, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Goni have agreed to partner in the preservation and conservation of the ecosystem in line with the international conventions entered into by the country.
This forms part of the resolutions reached at the meeting between the two leaders when the Conservator General paid a courser visit on the Corps Marshal at the FRSC National Headquarters Abuja on Thursday.
Briefing the Corps Marshal, Alhaji Ibrahim Goni stated that the Agency was first introduced in 1979 under the military leadership of General Olusegun Obasanjo through Decree 46 of 1979 which established Kainji Lake as the nation’s premier National Park. This he said was followed by Decree 36 of 1991, which established the National Parks Governing Board and five new National Parks with that of Yankari Games Reserve which was upgraded in 1992 to the status of a National Park and subsequent establishment of six more following the promulgation of Decree 46 of 1999 now an Act of the National Assembly.
He enumerated the functions of the National Park Service to include preserving, enhancing, protecting and managing vegetation and wild animals in the National Parks; advising the Federal Government on the development and preservation policy of the National Parks including the financial requirements for the implementation of such policy, and; advising the Federal Government on the declaration of areas which for the purpose of protecting wildlife species, biotic communities, sites of special interest or of aesthetic value the Service considers may be declared as National Parks
Alhaji Ibrahim Goni further noted that with the formal declaration of the agency as one of the paramilitary organizations in the country, the Management saw the need to collaborate with relevant agencies with a view to sharing information and engaging in partnership areas that could enhance the efficiency of the organization. He stressed that his visit to the FRSC Headquarters was in furtherance of the need to achieve the organization’s objectives especially in pursuit of its objectives in specific areas. These include establishment of an ecologically and geographically balanced network of protected areas under the jurisdiction and control of the Federal Government; protection of endangered species of wild plants and animals and their habitats; conservation of wildlife throughout Nigeria so that the abundance and diversity of their species are maintained at the optimum level commensurate with other forms of land use, in order to ensure continued existence of wildlife for the purpose of their sustainable utilization for the benefit of the people;
He thanked the Corps Marshal for resolving the conflict of the organization’s number plates with that of the Nigerian Prison Service and called for collaboration with the FRSC in the areas of information and communication technology, training and enforcement of the ban on transportation of wild animals and meat of such animals. While applauding the FRSC for its investment in ICT, he noted that the National Park Service will be willing to collaborate with the Corps to benefit from its investment in the ICT infrastructure.
In his remarks, the Corps Marshal congratulated the Conservator General on the various reforms undertaken under his Management, pledging to share ideas and information with him for the good of the nation. Oyeyemi restated his commitment to issues of interagency collaboration, saying such collaboration forms part of the FRSC’s philosophy on partnership and called on the Conservator General to come up with proposal on areas his organization requires the support of the Corps.
He specifically requested for detailed information on the agency’s corridors across the country for joint efforts that could curtail issues of strayed animals, observation of the cattle routes and standard operating procedures on how to handle wild animals or meat impounded from illegal transporters.
On training, the Corps Marshal assured the Conservator General of the willingness of the FRSC to provide necessary training for officers and men of his organization at the FRSC Academy Udi and the Training School, Jos.
The Conservator General was accompanied on the visit by some principal officers of the Agency who were taken round the FRSC Call Centre before settling down for discussion.