The Conservator-General of the National Park Service, Dr. Ibrahim Goni, has announced that the Federal Government is set to assume control of ten new national parks by the end of 2023, with the transition scheduled to take place between November and December.
According to dailypost.ng, Goni disclosed this while receiving the nine commissioners from the 10 new national parks on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said the parks could be handed over to the Federal Government between November and December so that by 2024, they would be included in the national budget.
At the moment, the approved national parks are being gazetted by the Federal Ministry of Justice.
“With the gazetting, it means they have now become full-fledged national parks; we are waiting for the parks to be handed over by the respective state governors to the Federal Government as national parks,” he said.
The conservator-general said the reason for the meeting was to update the stakeholders on the progress made so far on the handing and taking over of the 10 new national parks by the Federal Government.
“We have held two stakeholder meetings before this time where we discussed the presidential proclamation and the concurrence of the National Assembly.
“Most of the states have told us that they have acquired office accommodations, administrative offices and accommodations for the officers of the parks for the smooth take-off of the ten new parks in their respective states.
“And they have also assured us of the corporation of the communities where these parks are domiciled,’’ he said.
Goni said people of the communities had expressed their willingness to support the smooth take-off of the parks.
He expressed optimism that the gesture would develop their areas and provide employment opportunities.
Goni listed other benefits to the host communities to include security, mitigation of climate change, and regeneration to truncate rural migration.