An Open Letter To The Edo State Governor, Comrade Governor Adams Oshiomole

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on 26 June, 2015

RECOMMENDATIONS

a. We are constrained to earnestly implore your Excellency to cause a full scale formal inquiry into the repeated destructive incursions into the Zoo, leading to serious loss of its ecological integrity; since the current case points to possible demotion of Ogba Zoo from its enviable status in global conservation index, or end in its tragic extinction in no distant time.

b. We appeal that the ongoing investigation of the current crisis be taken up with the Commissioner of police for thorough investigation and prosecution of the culprits.

c. We urge Your Excellency to pay a sympathy visit to the Zoo and the site of this monumental destruction to an ecological heritage of the State, to see the realities on ground and bring succour.

d. Cause the Ministry of Lands and Surveys to urgently carry out a fresh survey of the Zoo, along with clear delineation of its boundaries.

e. Provide for fulltime deployment of Forest Guards and other security agencies to give adequate protection to this facility; since if the trees in a Nature Park within our doorsteps cannot be saved, then it is futile to be planting new ones in the bush.

f. Direct major sensitization of neighbouring communities / public.

g. Demonstrate effective deterrence by ensuring that all culprits in this dastardly act are brought to book. 

CONCLUSION

7. Your Excellency, since we made our pioneering PPP venture into the resuscitation of the comatose Ogba Zoo, as it then was some fifteen (15) years ago, it has been an endless struggle over land encroachment occasioned by Government’s de-Reservation of the outlying Reserves. With over 96 % of Ogba Forest Reserve already given back to the communities, leaving only the  Zoo as a gene bank of international scientific significance and the pride of Edo State, it is therefore, unthinkable that what is now left will be allowed to disappear under our watch.

8. The undue delay in resolving these encroachment problems has placed our personal safety and investments as eco-tourism developers under dangerous risks, in addition to being inimical to the visionary objectives of setting up the Zoo.

9. Thank you, Your Excellency, for being the epitome of a listening and forthright Governor. While praying that God will grant you strength to address these administrative challenges, please accept assurances of our highest esteem.

AO Ehanire

For Ogba Zoo & Nature Park.

National Secretary, Nigerian Association of Zoological Gardens (NAZG).

June 22, 2015 

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1.   Hon Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly

2.   The Hon. Commissioner of Environment.

3.   Edo State Commissioner of Police.

4.   Hon Commissioner, Lands & Surveys.

5.   Hon Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice.

6.   Secretary to the State Government.

7.   The Chief of Staff to the Governor

 
 
 
 

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