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

in Blog
on 26 June, 2015




On Thursday June 18, 2015, there was massive incursion into Ogba Zoo by land grabbers from Utagban and Ogbaneki neighbouring Communities. Large tracts of this pristine conservation project of the State, with high international acclaim, were decimated with the use of bulldozers. The zoo land was promptly put up for sale to unsuspecting members of the public, with fresh survey beacons dotting the landscape.

2. The supervising Ministry of Environment was immediately informed of this development and a team was sent for verification. A police patrol team was mobilized and arrests were made. The matter is now under police investigation at the Airport Police Division. However, there is apparent logistical challenges in impounding exhibits such as a bulldozer and other implements of this manifest ecological terrorism, along with all the perpetrators of these illegalities.

3. In the current circumstance, we want to again appeal for Government protection of this priceless Zoo forestry, which is the very last vestige of the once 53 Sq. Km.Ogba Forest Reserve. It is also pertinent to state, herewith, that the Zoo Management is operating under constant threats from these land grabbers and cannot, therefore, adequately discharge its mandate, with devastating effects on the Zoo’s business and international corporate standing. The massive investment on the Zoo’s infrastructure by the State Government could become a colossal waste if this encroachment problem persists.

4. Considering that the Comrade Governor had decisively dislodged these encroachment tendencies a few years back, the current massive incursion clearly signifies that the matter was not conclusively addressed, thus making this second foray by the land grabbers an audacious affront on the conservation and tourism legacies of your Administration. It is instructive that this Administration carried out extensive investigations on the previous encroachment in the year 2010, including setting up an Inter-Ministerial Committee on the matter, headed by the Surveyor General of Edo State, which followed due process, before demolition of the illegal structures was carried out.

5. However, following the demolition of the earlier illegal structures encroaching on the Zoo, the aggrieved community petitioned the House of Assembly, and for more than three years running, it has been a series of rigmarole by the House without any concrete pronouncement on the matter. Under this confusing distraction, the community was not only sufficiently emboldened as to rebuilding the demolished structures, but has now gone further to perpetrate the worst incursion on the greater part of the zoo, thereby making a mockery of Government.    

6. Some of the immediate concurrent steps required to seriously address these grievous challenges, includes the following recommendations.

Missing The Issues About Ogba Zoo Flood Disaster

in Blog
on 30 August, 2014

The credentials of Comrade Adams Aliu Oshiomhole in human rights struggles are relatively unassailable and evidently unmatched in Nigeria’s labour history. His long travails over the years on this account could only stem from deep quest for  the triumph of truth over falsehood, and principles over deceit. This trait is also a clear testament  of dispassionate empathy with the oppressed and distressed, no matter whose ox is gored. A man of such courage therefore is obviously not one to be afraid of the truth and therefore needs no one to lie on his behalf. However, in the cesspit of some of today’s political hustlers, casting unwarranted aspersions on imaginary antagonists of the Comrade Governor is perhaps their best way of displaying loyalty, in view of stomach infrastructure, even when such crude tactics invariably erode, rather than add to the profile of one who may already be a statesman.

World Wildlife Day - March 3

in Blog
on 13 March, 2014

UN General Assembly sets March 3 as World Wildlife Day


The United Nations General Assembly decided to proclaim 3 March as world Wildlife Day, to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fanna and flora.

The Sixty-eight session of the United Nations General Assembly decided to proclaim 3 March, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fanna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day, to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fanna and flora.

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