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Wildlife Day: NCF advocates awareness on endangered species, wildlife crimes

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The Nigerian Conservation Foundation on Friday called on Federal and state Governments to create more public awareness on endangered species and Wildlife crimes.

The Acting Director of Technical Programmes, NCF, Mr Adedayo Memudu, made the call while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

NAN reports that March 3 is a day set aside internationally to celebrate wildlife Day and the United Nations theme for the 2023 World Wildlife Day is “Partnerships for wildlife conservation”, honoring the people who are making a difference

“The World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that their conservation provides to people.

“At the same time, the day reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime and human-induced reduction of species, which have wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts,” the director said.

According to Memudu, creation of awareness, advocacy and public engagement programmes would go a long way at educating the populace about endangered species.

“Also field demonstration, expedition and wilderness experience and research will go a long way.
“There can also be a mainstreaming nature conservation and environmental education in national education curricular in schools.

“The government can also integrate people into natural resource management and governance,” he said.
Memudu added that NCF had a very robust relationship with the Federal Ministry of Environment and other relevant MDAs.

“This is aimed at collaborating on the establishment of effective and enabling institutional, legal and policy frameworks that help to safeguard Nigeria’s rich biodiversity and wildlife resources.

“We have strategic technical partnerships with relevant government MDAs to advance sustainable natural resource management in Nigeria.

“We also have direct field interventions in critical ecosystems to safeguard the wildlife resources,” he said.

The director further said that NCF also collaborates with government on national awareness, advocacy and public engagement programmes such as annual lectures, symposia, green ball, Walk-for-Nature and research.

 

“We also contribute to the preparation of the policy instruments to enhance sustainable management of Nigeria’s wildlife resources such as the National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plan (NBSAP), National Forest Policy etc.

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Woman killed while crossing road in Anambra

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Anambra State Sector Command, has confirmed the death of a woman in an accident at Okpoko Market on the Asaba-Onitsha Road.

The Sector Commander, Mr Adeoye Irelewuyi, who confirmed the accident to journalists in Awka on Thursday, said that the woman was hit while she was crossing the road.

He said that the accident, which occurred on Wednesday, involved a commercial tow truck with registration number XA550BMA.

“Eyewitness report reaching us indicates that the truck was towing a vehicle in an uncontrollable speed along the axis.

 

“The vehicle that was being towed got detached from the tow truck.

“It hit and killed a female adult, who was said to be crossing the road, while the tow truck continued its movement.

“FRSC rescue team came to the scene and took the woman to Toronto Hospital, Onitsha, where she was confirmed dead and her body deposited at the hospital’s mortuary,” he said.

While sympathising with the family of the dead, the sector commander urged motorists, especially tow truck drivers, to exercise a high level of professionalism.

He also urged the drivers to always use standard equipment and avoid speeding.

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LASG’s maize palliative impactful, says poultry association chair

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The Chairman, Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Lagos State Chapter, Mr Mojeed Iyiola, said the state government’s maize palliative to members of the association made a positive impact on the sector.

Iyiola said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos.

“We received about 150,000 tons of maize in February from the Lagos State government as palliative to cushion the effect of high feed prices.

“The major benefit of the palliative is that it actually cushioned the cost of production for most poultry farmers in the state.

“The palliative was beneficial as it made the cost of some poultry produce, especially eggs to drop,” Iyiola said.

He noted that prior to the palliative, a crate of egg was sold between N3,500 and N3,700 at the farm gate, but after the palliative, it now sells between N3,200 and N3,400.

According to the PAN chair, retailers and middlemen who sell from N3,800 to N4,200 do that for their personal gain.

 

“We have urged our members to sell their eggs at reasonable prices following the receipt of the palliative from the government.

“We appreciate the Lagos State government for the palliative but we also urge the federal government to do likewise, to further reduce the cost of production in the sector.

“This will consequently lead to drop in the prices of all poultry produce across board,” he said.

He said the palliative was shared among financial members of the association at no extra cost.

“As an association we shared the grains equally across PAN’s eight zones in the state equally. We also mandated each zone not the sell even a grain of the maize.

“We, however, considered new poultry farmers who wanted to the join the association as beneficiaries of the palliative,” said Iyiola.

He noted that through the palliative, more poultry farmers were recruited into the association.

“The maize was shared only to poultry farmers and not feed millers, it is the major component of poultry feed formulation,” he said.

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