A global treaty enacted in the 1970s, CITES (the convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) aims to ensure the survival of endangered species threatened by the international trade. CITES decisions determine the rules governing the wildlife trade and have an enormous impact on endangered species and that’s what this year focused on CoP17.
In order to support the global mobilization to pressure delegates to vote with conscience, Wildlife Africa led Nigeria to join over 140+ cities around the globe for this course. The 2016 Global March For Elephants and Rhinos(GMFER) was held on September 24th at different states in Nigeria, which included Abuja, Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa, Sokoto, Jigawa, Lagos, Zamfara, Ibadan and Akure.
The March awareness conducted in Abuja took place at Jabi Lake Park, Abuja. The team was made up of 6 participants, Felix, Florence, Elsa, Eric, Sandra and Joy Jumbo, the Coordinator. Activities carried out for that day involved distribution of fliers and educating people on the need to protect and conserve our wildlife. Government Officials from parks and recreational center pleaded their support, promising to participate in future events. People were educated on the importance of wildlife conservation to the Ecosystem and also on dangers/ disadvantages associated with wildlife trade and illegal killing of animals for traditional purpose. They were informed about the endangered species in Nigeria and Africa at large. Approximately about 200 people were reached .The event was a hugged success.
This March took place at Dutse, the Capital city of Jigawa state. Over 20kms were covered in the Dutse metropolis with more than 25 participants including the coordinator, Sanusi Bello, and with the assistance of Dutse Senatorial Youth Development Association (Jigawa central). Places such as Emirs Palace were visited and pictures of people including the royal guards were taken. The March was a big success.
The event commenced exactly 10 am at Barnawa Park, Abuja road, Sokoto State. Participants includes among others, staff of State Ministry of Environment, State Ministry for Animal Health, lecturers from Sokoto State University, environmental scientists and security agencies. Different places in the city were visited where many people were encountered and among which includes; Usmanu Danfodio University, city campus; sultan of Sokoto palace and others. Participants showed their enthusiasm and willingness to do more and better next time. Local hunters and people encountered were enlightened on the disadvantages of illegal trade and poaching of wildlife animals. More than 30 participants’ participated and motor bikes were used for transportation. The event was peaceful and successful.
The GMFER held at Kano Zoo commenced late by 11:00am due to the monthly sanitation that was held in Kano State but nevertheless, it was a success. Lectures were delivered at Galadima Market and Central hotel where illegal trade of wildlife is taking place. Participants includes Kano Zoological Garden and Wildlife Management Agency Staff, students from Bayero University Kano, NYSC members, security agencies and journalist. Over 30km were covered in the Kano metropolis with more than 40 participants including the coordinator, Aliyu Abubakar Shehu.
Before the event took place, a little lecture was given to enlighten the team about the status of both animals and the magnitude of the event. This March was conducted at Ebutte Ikorodu Lagos State. A nearby zoo was visited to have a little communion with the animal lovers and as well as educate them.
The march was conducted at Amusement Park Gusau Zamfara State and awareness was made at the park where some wildlife are kept. Participants includes registered members of the Wildlife About Africa, people passing by, visitors and the Staff of the Amusement Park. Participants were able to acquire some educational skills for future purposes. People were also enlightened on the disadvantages associated with wildlife trade and illegal killings of animals. The March ended peacefully and it was a success.
NAMES OF COORDINATORS FOR VARIOUS STATES
1.ABUJA ……………… JOY JUMBO
2.KANO ………………. ALIYU ABUBAKAR SHEHU
3.SOKOTO……………… NASIRU AHMAD ALKANCHI
4.JIGAWA………………. SANUSI BELLO BASIRU
5.ZAMFARA…………… ABDULQUAHHAR ABUBAKAR JIBRIL
6.LAGOS ………………. OLOLADE AKINTAYO DAVID
7. AKURE ……………… ARIBASOYE JOSHUA