Nigeria’s Ministry of Environment and the Cross River State government has pledged to work together to preserve and protect the national park in the state regarded as one of the 25 biodiversity hotspots in the world.
The Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammed M Abubakar who was on a working visit to Calabar, accompanied by the Conservator General, Dr. Ibrahim M Goni, Director General, Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN), Prof. Adeshola Adepoju, Assistant Conservator General, Yakubu M. Kolo were received at the Margaret Ekpo international Airport, Calabar by the Hon. Commissioner of Environment Mr. Mfon Bassey, as well as the Management of Cross River National Park Service.
After the Airport ceremony which included a rich display of the culture of the State, the Minister and his entourage were received at the executive Chambers of the Governor’s office by the Deputy Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ivara Esu, the Speaker of the CRS House of Assembly, Secretary to the State Govt. and serving Commissioners.
In his speech, the Hon. Minister thanked the government and people of Cross River State for the warm reception accorded him and his team, expounding that the visit was part of his Ministry’s effort to address environmental issues facing most parts of the country, noting that Cross River State was critical for many reasons, especially given its position as richest part of Nigeria’s biodiversity and home of CRNP, reputed as one of the 25 biodiversity hotspots in the world.
Responding, the Deputy Governor thanked the Hon. Minister for the visit and promised to partner with the Federal Government to ensure that the purpose of the visit was achieved.
The Minister later visited the Federal Government Environmental Laboratory in Calabar and the State Refuse dump site.