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National Park calls for improvement of ecotourism

NEWSMAN, Abuja – National Parks Services has called on the government, and relevant stakeholders to donate projects and programmes that will promote conservation and ecotourism.

While listing its challenges of insecurity, paucity of funds, and lack of good roads inside and outside of the parks, Conservator-General of National Parks Services, Ibrahim Goni, at a virtual meeting held on Monday in Abuja, assured that ecotourism would generate revenue for stakeholders while patrons’ interests would be rekindled.

“I am calling on government and other relevant stakeholders to come to the aid of the National Parks Services by donating projects and programmes that will foster conservation and ecotourism in our national parks,’’ he said.

 “The parks also have the challenges of poor infrastructure and poor domestic tourism. I believe that the collaboration of all agencies and relevant stakeholders will enhance the development of the parks,’’ he added.

He also noted that the national parks played immense roles in research, education, biodiversity and in agriculture, adding that Nigeria currently has seven national parks covering a total land area of 22,000 kilometres, News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) reported.

Mohammed Kabir of Ecotourism Department of the National Parks Services at Gashka Gumti, Taraba, in his remarks, said that the parks had already engaged the private sector to enhance joint operations, but needed more investments

He added that lack of operational equipment and low patronage hindered the efficient development of the parks making tourism business unattractive.

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