By; BUHARI B. BELLO, Jos
Qua’an-Pan Local Government Council of Plateau State has pledged to contribute its quota towards the Federal Government’s efforts to upgrade the Pandam Wildlife Park, located within the LGA.
The Chairman of the Council, Hon. Ernest Abner Da’a, made the pledge
at the council secretariat, when he hosted a stakeholder’s sensitization meeting towards elevation of Pandam Wildlife Park to the status of a National Park on Thursday October 6, 2022.
Represented by his deputy, Hon. Helen Henniet Wapmuk, Hon Da’a said his administration will partner with the Federal Ministry of Environment to ensure the successful take off of the project.
Hon. Da’a commended the traditional rulers and the peace loving people of Qua’an-Pan, especially the host communities for their understanding and support towards the elevation of the park, and expressed the hope that the local government area would benefit more from the new status of the park.
The Conservator General of the Federation, Ibrahim Musa Goni, through his Deputy, Oladapo Ojo said the taking over of the Pandam Game Reserve is as a result of its elevation to the status of a national park.
Goni disclosed that they will fully take over and manage the park as announced by President Muhammadu Buhari last year, adding that this will contribute to enhance development in the State and the host Local Government Area.
The Conservator General used the forum to appeal to the Plateau state government and host communities to unite in guarding and protecting the property of the National Park against vandalization and other vices by hoodlums.
He explained that they will mobilize to site and warned that they will not condone any act of encroachment on the park.
Earlier, Commissioner for Tourism, Culture and Hospitality, Cecilia Yilkorah, represented by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Isaac Maram commended the Federal Government for elevating the game reserve to the status of a national park.
Acting General Manager, Plateau State Tourism Corporation, Julius Shinkur thanked Plateau State Governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong for bringing federal presence to the state and applauded the people of Qua’an Pan Local Government Area for accepting and supporting the upgrade of the Pandam Game Reserve.
The Long Jan of Namu, who is the host District Head, Miskoom Safiyanu Allahnana Magaji urged the Conservator General to march word with action by mobilizing their staff to site and assured the Federal Government of their support.