The Conservator General (CG), National Park Service (NPS), Dr Ibrahim Musa Goni has expressed the readiness of the Service to partner with the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) towards safeguarding the nation’s forest reserve.
He also noted that the NPS was established for the purpose of protecting and conserving the biodiversity in the designated areas which he identified as national parks, game reserves and forest reserves.
The CG expressed this readiness when he led NPS management staff on a courtesy visit to the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), Abuja.
Dr Goni who applauded the AFN for supporting NPS thus far noted that there was a need to sustain the existing synergy, by working together to tackle the current security challenges facing the nation.
The CG further explained that the collaborative arrangement would be on combat training of NPS personnel and logistic support in order to boost the agency’s mandate of securing the forest reserves.
He said: “These forest reserves and national parks which are approximately 1,129 square metres have become hideouts for bandits and terrorists”.
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen Lucky Irabor, reiterated the commitment of the AFN in collaborating with the NPS, describing the Service as a key agency in the security architecture of the nation.
Represented by the Chief of Defence Policy and Plans, Air Vice Marshal Dahiru Sanda, the CDS maintained that the relevant stakeholders must support the organization towards ensuring that the forests are well protected against criminalities.
He charged NPS on the need to dominate the nation’s forests  in terms of intelligence gathering and sharing of information with the military and other security agencies so as to checkmate every form of terror and other crimes.
Director Defence Information, Major General Benjamin Olufemi Sawyerr in a statement said that the visit was graced by the DHQ Departmental Chiefs and Directors. Among the NPS delegation were Assistant Conservators Dr Agboola Okofiyin, Mr Yakubu Mohammed Kolo, Mr Mohammed Kabir and Mr Yakubu Haruna Zull.

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