Min­is­ter calls for im­proved parks

Daily Trust - - ENVIRONMENT - By Chidimma C. Okeke

The Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment, Lau­ren­tia Mal­lam has called for im­prove­ment on the fa­cil­i­ties at the Na­tional Parks in or­der to pro­mote tourism in the coun­try.

The min­is­ter who made the call dur­ing a fa­mil­iar­iza­tion visit to Na­tional Parks Head­quar­ters, Abuja, on Mon­day also ob­served that other seven na­tional parks should be im­proved and additional ones cre­ated.

“We can pro­mote tourism and people will come from all over the world to see what we have. The beauty of Africa, it is not just here. The other seven na­tional parks should also im­prove and additional ones cre­ated if pos­si­ble in ev­ery state,” she said.

Mal­lam who was re­ceived by staff of the Na­tional Park, lead by Haruna Abubakar, the Con­ser­va­tor Gen­eral, was taken round the parks to see the An­i­mal Or­phan­age, Mini Park, Mu­seum and the Ar­bore­tum where all indige­nous plant species are planted for con­ser­va­tion of their ge­netic re­sources.

She added that due to the ac­tiv­i­ties be­ing car­ried out in the parks, there is need for govern­ment to im­prove the wel­fare of the people tak­ing care of the park.

“All we need to do is to let govern­ment know what they are do­ing here and the dan­ger in­curred in the cause of car­ry­ing out their as­sign­ment which will en­cour­age govern­ment to do some­thing and im­prove their wel­fare,”

The min­is­ter was also no­ti­fied of the op­er­at­ing seven strate­gic parks across the coun­try and what is ob­tain­able there.

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