State House Asks Nigerians Not to Kill Wildlife Species Around Presidential Villa

State House Asks Nigerians Not to Kill Wildlife Species Around Presidential Villa

  • Wildlife conservation is the practice of protecting animal species and their habitats and the management of State House is keen on maintaining it
  • The management described the recent killing of a giant python around the Presidential Villa as regrettable
  • Already, measures are in place to ensure that those in charge adequately protect wildlife species within the vicinity of Nigeria's seat of power

Aso Rock - The management of State House has expressed concern at the recent killing of wildlife species in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Permanent Secretary, State House, Tijjani Umar, spoke at the weekend while receiving a delegation of rangers from the National Park Service, and their colleagues in the Presidential Villa, popularly called ‘Royal Rangers.’

Tijani Umar
Permanent Secretary, State House, Tijjani Umar, says it is important to preserve the wildlife species around Aso Rock. Photo credit: 21st Chronicles
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Umar, who stressed the importance of protecting and preserving plants and animals in their indigenous habitats, promised to boost nature conservation by taking appropriate measures to preserve wildlife, protect nature and reverse species loss in the seat of government.

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He announced that some locations in the Presidential Villa- which is a natural habitat to some wildlife species including tantalus monkeys, crocodile, pythons, giant tortoise, bush rats, guinea fowls, bats and diverse species of birds – have been delineated as conservationist areas.

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The Permanent Secretary, therefore, appealed to staff and visitors to the Villa to preserve biodiversity and appreciate the natural world, adding that signages would be erected in specific areas and vegetation for sensitization and compliance.

Daily Trust newspaper quoted him as saying:

‘‘We will continue to support you to do your work effectively. The protection of the eco-system and the species in the Villa is not for the rangers alone, it is a task for all of us.’’

In their separate remarks, Salihu Manzo, Senior Park Ranger and Kehinde Abidemi, Assistant Conservator of Parks, thanked the Permanent Secretary for his keen interest in conservation activities and for approving specific measures to preserve the flora and fauna in the environment.

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Manzo, who described the recent killing of a giant python as regrettable, expressed delight that measures were being taken to protect wildlife species.

Abidemi said:

We want to echo it with the management that the wildlife species in the Villa have the right to live, they have the right to their habitat and we want them to be protected.”

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