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Forests Conservation: Cross River State Push for FG,s Support on Biodiversity Preservation

The Cross River State government has formally requested support from the Federal Government to strengthen the state’s environmental sector, ensuring the preservation of its position as one of Nigeria’s most vital biodiversity hotspots.

Moses Osogi, the Commissioner for Environment, made this plea during his visit to Dr. Iziaq Salako, the Minister of State for the Federal Ministry of Environment, in Abuja. Osogi emphasized the unique ecological significance of Cross River State, which boasts the last untouched forests in Nigeria.

These forests are home to a diverse range of wildlife, including 16 primate species such as chimpanzees, drills, and Cross River gorillas. He stressed the importance of preserving these natural habitats and called on the Federal Government to work alongside Governor Bassey Out’s administration to achieve this goal.

Additionally, Osogi advocated for the fair compensation of communities residing near these invaluable forests. He argued that the absence of proper incentives for these communities has led to the exploitation of forest resources, endangering the rich biodiversity. He specifically pointed out the challenges faced by the state, including recurring flooding caused by the opening of the Cameroonian dam.

Osogi expressed his concern over the undervaluation of Cross River State’s ecological contributions, despite its significant efforts in safeguarding Nigeria’s environment. He urged for a collective effort to protect these precious resources and ensure the sustainable future of the state’s biodiversity.

SOURCE: The guardian

IMAGE: Cross river gorrila

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