World Wildlife Day: Bauchi to make Yankari centre of tourism in the world
Bauchi State Government has reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring Yankari Games Reserve becomes the centre of tourism in the world.
The State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Modibbo A Ahmed dropped this hint in a press statement issued to Journalists in Bauchi on the celebration of the 2020 World Wildlife Day.
Modibbo Ahmed also said that currently, the state government through his ministry is working with some development partners with a view to investing in Yankari Games Reserve and Sumu Wildlife park.
The Commissioner who said that government alone cannot run its tourism centres observed that their support will assist in developing and advancing the sector in the state.
According to him, in particular, the ministry has sought the intervention of the Ambassador of Namibia as part of efforts to support the supply of animals to Sumu Wildlife park.
He added that ” We celebrate the life of our animals and plants, without animals we are nowhere. Let’s work together to ensure their protection”.
The Commissioner added that “The incalculable value of wildlife, the animals and plants that live in the wild have an intrinsic value and contribute to the ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic aspects of human well-being and to sustainable development.”
He recalled that the World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that their conservation provides to people.
He said it also provides a unique opportunity to deliver transformative progress for the conservation and sustainable use of the species of wild animals and plants.
The Commissioner while applauding investors for declaring interest to invest in hotel and tourism in the state, reiterated government’s commitment to ensure the safety and welfare of animals in addition to their integration into biodiversity.
Modibbo Ahmed used the medium to appeal to people of the state especially those residing around Yankari Games Reserve to assist the government in the protection of the animals.
The theme of the 2020 World Wildlife Day is “Sustaining all life on Earth.”