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Nigerian Army moves to improve security around national parks, forests

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•Organises seminar on regimentation, combating security  challenges 

Senator Iroegbu 

The Nigerian Army Department of Army Standards and Evaluation, has moved to strengthen the security of all national parks and forests in line with the directives of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, for  formations to establish mini Zoos and parks as well as Units to keep and maintain live mascots in order to strengthen regimentation in the service.

To this end,  the Army will be organizing a one week seminar on Regimentation and combating security challenges associated with forests and protected areas from the 31st of March 31 to April 06, 2019 at the Army Headquarters Officers’ Mess, Asokoro, Abuja.

The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sagir Musa, in a statement on Friday,  said the “Seminar which is being organized in collaboration with the National Park Service (NPS) and other stakeholders responsible for management of game reserves, forestry and protected areas in Nigeria. The main thrust of the seminar is to discuss the point of convergence between the regimentation in the army, our floras and faunas as well as forests and national security. 

“The Nigerian Army will continue to engage in all activities that will help in the revitalisation of the flora and  fauna species that are becoming extinct due to the activities of criminal elements and bandits that have constituted nuisance to the larger society. Apart from the educational and other social benefits of this point venture, there will be numerous geostrategic security benefits in taking the issues of these forests and parks serious.”

According to Musa, the Seminar with a theme: ‘’Enhancing Synergy Between The Nigerian Army  and National Park Service: National Security in Perspective ’’ will have participants drawn from NA formations , NPS , Federal  Department  of Forestry (FDS), National Environmental Standard Regulation Enforcement Agency (NESREA) and other stakeholders.

“Series of lectures and interactive sessions will be delivered by erudite scholars and experts from within and outside the NA on selected topics to enrich the knowledge base of the participants.Field trips will be embarked upon  to two National parks in Nigeria namely Kanji and Akamkpa National parks in Niger and Cross River States respectively,” he stated.

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