The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has approved the Updating of This Marhai Forest Reserve, at Wamba Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, to a National park.
Conservator-General and Chief Executive Officer, National Park Services, NPS, Ibrahim Goni, disclosed this while on a courtesy call on the Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, in the Government House, in Lafia that the State Capital.
Goni further revealed that President Buhari declared the updating of another 9 woods reservations throughout the nation, from the 23 earlier asked.
“I’m seeing Your Excellency, to convey for you, the President’s acceptance for the updating of this Marhai forest book to a national park,” he said.
Based on Goni, in 2013, the Nasarawa State government, alongside other 22 states, asked for the updating of this Marhai forest book, following which President Buhari approved the updating of ten forest reserves throughout the country.
The Conservator-General clarified that “the acceptance came with a presidential directive for the National Park Services to engage the states that were armed, to install modalities for the smooth handing and take over of their new federal parks.”
Goni equally requested for the immediate setting up of a transition committee, involving representatives from the State Government, to fine-tune modalities for the handing over of the Marhai Forest Reserve into the NPS.
The Governor said; “Since its inception, his government was encouraging the Farin Ruwa tourism abilities, together with the State government constructing the 15-km Sisin Baki/ Farin Ruwa road to open the region.”
Governor Sule equally valued the NPS because of its recommendations and also for recognising these hidden assets belonging to the nation.
“because this government came in, we have been doing everything possible to market which park…We have invited a great deal of characters, including a delegation headed by the Minister of Information, Tourism, and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to come and endeavor the playground,” the Governor noted.
Governor Sule was optimistic that with its transformation into a national park, the Marhai Forest Reserve, will certainly lead other national parks in the country because of its natural endowment, particularly attracting tourists.
He expressed confidence that at the end of the afternoon, host communities throughout the park, would be beneficial in terms of employment, among others.