The Conservator-General, National Park Service, Dr Ibrahim Musa Goni, says the Service is ready to partner the Armed Forces towards safeguarding the nation’s forest reserve.
Dr Goni, who made this known when he led National Park Service management staff on a courtesy visit to the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor at the Defence Headquarters, in Abuja, stated that the National Park Service was established to protect and conserve the biodiversity in designated areas which he identified as national parks, game reserves and forest reserve.
Dr Goni applauded the Armed Forces for supporting National Park Service and noted that there is need to sustain the existing synergy, by working together to tackle the current security challenges facing the nation.
The Conservator-General further explained that the collaborative arrangement would be on combat training of National Park Service personnel and logistic support to boost the Agency’s mandate of securing the forest reserves.
Responding, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, represented by the Chief of Defence Policy and Plans, Air Vice Marshal Dahiru Sanda, reiterated the commitment of the Armed Forces in collaborating with the National Park Service, describing the Service as a key agency in the security architecture of the nation.
He maintained that the relevant stakeholders must support the organization towards ensuring that the forests are well protected against criminalities.
The Chief of Defence Staff charged National Park Service to dominate the nation’s forests in terms of intelligence gathering and information sharing with the military and other security agencies so as to checkmate every form of terror and other crimes.