Army holds seminar on combating security challenges in forests, protected areas

#TrackNigeria – In line with the directives of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai for  formations to establish mini Zoos and parks as well as Units to keep and maintain live mascots in order to strengthen regimentation in the Nigerian Army, the Department of Army Standards and Evaluation will be organizing a one week seminar on Regimentation and combating security challenges associated with forests and protected areas from the 31st of March to the 6th of April 2019 at the Army Headquarters Officers’ Mess, Asokoro, Abuja.

The Seminar which is being organized in collaboration with the National Park Service (NPS) and other stakeholders responsible for management of game reserves, forestry and protected areas in Nigeria. The main thrust of the seminar is to discuss the point of convergence between the regimentation in the army, our floras and faunas as well as forests and national security. 

According to a statement by Colonel Sagir Musa, acting director, Army Public Relations, the Nigerian Army will continue to engage in all activities that will help in the revitalisation of the flora and  fauna species that are becoming extinct due to the activities of criminal elements and bandits that have constituted nuisance to the larger society. Apart from the educational and other social benefits of this point venture, there will be numerous geostrategic security benefits in taking the issues of these forests and parks serious. 

The Seminar with a Theme ‘’Enhancing Synergy Between The Nigerian Army  And National Park Service : National Security In Perspective’’ will have participants drawn from NA formations , NPS , Federal  Department  of Forestry (FDS), National Environmental Standard Regulation Enforcement Agency (NESREA) and other stakeholders.

Series of lectures and interactive sessions will be delivered by erudite scholars and experts from within and outside the NA on selected topics to enrich the knowledge base of the participants.Field trips will be embarked upon  to two National parks in Nigeria namely Kanji and Akamkpa National parks in Niger and Cross River States respectively.