According to a press release obtained by The Standard Gazette, and dated 16th of May, 2023, the Nigerian Association of Zoological Gardens and Wildlife Parks (NAZAP) is set to undergo “urgent professional development” that will serve as a catalyst for transforming its member facilities.
The announcement was made by Prof Olajumoke Morenikeji, the Chairman of the NAZAP Board of Trustees, following the resignation of Mr. Oladipo Bali, the association’s President.
In accepting the resignation, the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees expressed gratitude to the former President for his contributions to the advancement of NAZAP.
Mr. Andy Osa Ehanire, a Trustee and Secretary of the NAZAP Board of Trustees, stated that there will be a fresh accreditation process for all zoo and wildlife facilities. This process will pave the way for the election of new executives and the reconstitution of the NAZAP Governing Council.
During the recent World Wildlife Day commemoration, the Chairman of the Board called for “increased synergy” among wildlife stakeholders, as recommended by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
She emphasized that zoos remain a “veritable scheme for wildlife conservation” and deserve support from both the government and corporate organizations. Furthermore, she highlighted the positive impact of zoos on the growth of tourism in Nigeria.
The other Trustees of NAZAP are Alh Ali Yola, Dr. Moses Oyatogun, Mr. Francis Abioye, and Mallam Aminu Beli.
The planned urgent professional development initiative by NAZAP underscores their commitment to enhancing the quality and standards of zoological gardens and wildlife parks in Nigeria.
Through the implementation of a fresh accreditation process and the election of new executives, NAZAP aims to bring about a transformative phase that will contribute to the growth and preservation of wildlife in the country.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.