Environment Ministry to Support FG in Boosting IGR – Odusote

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ABUJA – (Federal Ministry of Environment Report) – The Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Environment, Ibukun Odusote has promised to create an enabling environment that would help boost the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the National Park Service as part of fhe Federal Government’s robust measures aimed at diversifying the economy.

Ibukun Odusote made the commitment over the weekend, while on a working visit to the Abuja Headquarters of the National Park Service, an Agency under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Environment.

She observed the need for Government to look inwards and seek ways to harness alternative sources of revenue generation outside Oil to fund its programmes and policies.

“With the right environment, the Agency has a huge opportunity to assist the Government to boost its IGR, especially now that Oil prices have dropped significantly and there are some indications that it may drop further,” she said.

The Permanent Secretary expressed great concern about the global fiscal crisis occasioned by dwindling fortunes in the Oil sector, noting that IGR is a veritable tool that the Government can use to fast-track accelerated development.

She maintained that with an enabling environment, the National Park can help boost recreational activities, tourism, create jobs and massive wealth. Adding, given the huge socio-economic benefits of National
Parks worldwide, the Environment Ministry would do everything within its reach to collaborate with critical stakeholders to translocate animals that have either gone extinct or at the verge of extinction.

“This will help to attract tourism. As one of the most viable ministries in terms of revenue generation, we remain committed to helping the Federal Government boost its revenue source”, she reiterated.

As a lover of animal, Odusote emphasized that as a lover of animals, part of the enduring legacies she intends to leave behind is to create an elephant orphanage or put in place everything needed to create one at the Ministry.

She stressed that the Ministry intends to partner with all critical stakeholders such as community-based organizations, religious leaders, traditional institutions and the media, to sensitize the public on the socio-economic benefits of National Parks and the conservation of forest reserves and wild animals.

Earlier in a remark, the Conservator – General of the National Park Service (NPS), Ibrahim Goni said that Nigeria presently has seven National Parks located across its six geopolitical zones. He revealed that a proposal has been presented for the establishment of ten additional new National Parks, including a marine park.

Ibrahim Goni explained that the establishment of more National Parks will safeguard forest areas and significantly help to address the ecological challenges facing the country.