WACI Volunteer of the Month

WACI VOLUNTEER FOR JUNE – Dahiru Aliyu

Introduction

My name is Dahiru Aliyu, 41 yrs old. I hold a B.Sc degree in Geography Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria; M.Sc. Environmental Management, ABU, Zaria, (in view); PGDE, and PGDIT. 

I serve as the Deputy Park Warden (aka Digital Ranger 1) National Park Service (NPS), Nigeria.

Journey:

I’m very passionate about wildlife and wild places. My passion for wildlife conservation stretches to watching wildlife films. More so, my religion encourages conservation too.

My journey to biodiversity conservation began during my undergraduate days. Geography exposes me to nature via local field studies, field schools, and excursions, etc.

Coincidentally, during my undergraduate days, the pioneer Conservator-General of NPS, Nigeria, Alh. Lawan Bukar Marguba was our Patron (National Association of Geography Students – NAGS). Whenever we have departmental programs, the association invites him to deliver lectures. His deliverables further deepened my interest in Wildlife Conservation, amongst others.

After my graduation in 2006, I taught Geography in Secondary and pre-degree schools in Zaria until 2011, when I joined the Service.

Having worked in 2 National Parks in Nigeria (Chad Basin 6 yrs, and Kamuku 3 yrs) in various capacities which include, Assistant Sector Officer, Wetlands Sector, CBNP, Conservation Education Officer CBNP, Research Officer KNP, ICT Officer KNP, etc., shortly, before my deployment to the National Park Service Headquarters Abuja, Nigeria. Currently, I am the Social Media Assistant to the Conservator-General of the Federation, National Park Service-Nigeria.

My meeting WACI: 

I met Mr Felix, Founder/President, AdrianFelix Corporation and the Wildlife of Africa Conservation Initiative (WACI) online in 2012. To date, I can confidently boast that the meeting has impacted me positively. Also, I got inspired by his passion and dedication to wildlife conservation.

In 2017, the Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA) nominated me to participate in the training on Protected Area Security Operations Planning (PASOP) in the Field Rangers Training Services (FRTS) Unit of Southern African Wildlife College, South Africa. GRAA covered the training and other aspects except for the flight ticket. I contacted Mr Felix and spoke to him about the issues at stake. Mr Felix via WACI covered the airfare to attend the training. I am grateful to Mr Felix and WACI for the kind gesture. Fortunately for me, WACI was then about to send a nominee to Vulpro, a renowned Vulture conservation organization in South Africa, to undergo professional training on Vulture conservation. Mr Felix nominated me to attend the vulture conservation training. I attended both successfully. Thank God there was no clash.

Again, in 2019, I had an admission to a wildlife Conservation Course (WCC), organised by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) of the University of Oxford in collaboration with the prestigious African Leadership University) in Kigali, Rwanda. WACI also paid for my return ticket.

These are a few reasons why I remain highly indebted to Mr Felix and WACI. Mr Felix is not only a mentor, he inspires me too.

I have so many plans for WACI which I’ll not want to disclose now but as time goes by, it’ll unfold itself.

Plans for WACI on Research, Capacity building, mentoring, etc., to mention a few.