By Rotimi Famakin
The need to preserve pangolin from total extinction in the ecosystem formed the basis of a day lecture organized by the Pangolin Conservation Guild, PCG, Nigeria.
The lecture which attracted hunters, the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency, NESREA, security agencies, students and pangolin conservation guild members provided a platform for the interface between stakeholders and the PCG frontiers.
Addressing the participants, the Chairperson of, Pangolin Conservation Guild, PCG, Professor Olajumoke Morenikeji explained that, the economic and spiritual value of pangolin had made the animal become mostly harvested and traded animals in the African Sub-Sahara region.
Professor Morenikeji who is also the former Director of Zoological garden, the University of Ibadan, said industrialization, urbanization and human-induced imbalance in the ecosystem had affected pangolin population adding that hunters in the communities have been enlightened to join the campaign to preserve the animal in the forest.
Some members of the Pangolin Conservation Guild, secondary school students and partner agencies in Nigeria lent their voices on the need to protect the animals in the forest.
While emphasizing the importance of the animal in reducing the population of dangerous insects they appealed to the government to ensure the effective implementation of policies that protect the environment.
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