The Wildlife Management Society of Nigeria (WIMSON), has said that the country loses over $10 billion annually through poor management of wildlife protected areas in the country.
Addressing newsmen in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, yesterday, the Business Manager of the society, Dr Edem Eniang, said if the sector is properly harness by the federal government will generate over $10 billion annually.
“The country has seven protected areas of global status, but we don’t generate much from that sector. We have observed that the volume of illegal wildlife trade in the country is on the increase, denying the country billions of dollars yearly”, Dr Eniang said.
The business manager disclosed that professional and experts last week converged on University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Ogun State, and formerly launch Wildlife Management Society of Nigeria (WIMSON) to assist government in wildlife conservation.
Eniang disclose further that, Prof Ibokun Ayodele and Prof Pius Egwumah, were elected president and vice president respectively while Dr. Omotola Jayeola, emerge the association secretary.
He lamented that tourism potential in the nation’s protected areas are yet to be fully harnessed and Protected Area Policy is largely outdated and requiring proper review.
He appealed to all tiers of government to exhibit political will and implement wildlife conservation policy in the country while assuring that WIMSON will ensure that global best practices are applied in all dimension of wildlife captive management.