Africa Nature Investors Foundation a non governmental organisation on Thursday said it was investing heavily into the Gashaka/Gumti National Park in Taraba State to make the park a destination for tourists across the globe.
The Executive Director of the Foundation, Mr. Tunde Morakinyo disclosed this at the passing out parade of 43 rangers who were trained by the Foundation to police the park.
Morakinyo said the 30-year MoU signed in 2018 between ANI and the National Park Service was aimed at making the Gashaka Gumti National Park a secure destination for tourists to enhance the country’s economic development.
In his remarks, the Conservator General of the National Park Service, Mr. Musa Goni said the Park possesses great potential to enhance the country’s GDP through tourism, but activities of poachers were hindering the harnessing of the potential.
He lamented the activities of bandits, herdsmen, kidnappers, cattle rustlers, and insurgents, violently attacking park Rangers with sophisticated weapons such as AK47 assault rifles.
According to him, government alone cannot tackle the menace hence, the need to collaborate with other relevant bodies