By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The National Parks Services (NPS) and the Borno State government said they have entered in to a partnership to monitor and protect marauding elephants kutila community of the state.
Borno State commissioner for environment Engineer Kabiru Wanori made the requested for synergy while on courtesy call on the Conservator-General of the Service, Dr. Ibrahim Goni yesterday in Abuja.
A statement signed by the Media Assistant to the Conservator-General of the Service, Yakubu Zull,revealed that the Borno State government said it needed the support of expertise of the NPS to monitor, control and protect the elephants from hunters or bad elements around.
Engr. Kabiru who explained that, he was advised by the Minister for Environment Dr. Abubakar Mahmood to contact and involve the National Park Service for such assistances.
Reiterated that the elephants were migrating from a park in Cameroun to Kutila village and have invaded part of the village and destroyed some farms in the village.
Adding that the state government has already adopted community based approach to protect the elephants and other natural resources in the areas.
Responding, the CG, Dr. Ibrahim Goni obliged to the request of the Commissioner and assured him of the service continuous support to monitor, control and protect the elephants.
The CG said the service has been tracking the movement of the elephants by using some locals and UN staff on ground with helicopter. The CG assured the Commissioner that the elephants will be carefully monitored and guided back to their habits.