The Nigeria National Park Service (NNPS) has commenced the planting of economic trees in Kamuku National Park of Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State to replace those felled by lumberjacks.
The Conservator General of NNPS, Ibrahim Musa Goni, said that was part of their afforestation activities and called on the communities in Birnin Gwari to reciprocate the gesture by preserving the national park.
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He said the people must avoid hunting of wild animals, illegal felling of trees, as well as starting bush fires to protect the environment.
The conservator general, who disclosed this to newsmen in Kaduna, said NNPS accorded priority in training and retraining of its rangers to properly equip and prepare them for the challenges ahead.
He said the main focus of the federal government in 2021 was to transform and boost the activities of the tourism industry across the country.
He Added that the service has given priority to effective security in all the national parks, the protection of visitors and various communities within the areas.
Mr Goni said despite the prevalence of insecurity in different parts of the country, national parks are currently enjoying relative peace, stressing that the federal government has given the go ahead for the establishment of 10 additional parks in the country.