- Yankari Reserve Adopts Social Media Publicity Strategy, Targets 50,000 Visitors
The Acting General Manager of Yankari Game Reserve, Mohammed Ladan, has disclosed that management of the reserve has utiliised social media in increasing public awareness about its wonders in order to attract target visitors of about 50,000.
Ladan said that in 2017, Yankari Game Reserve located in Bauchi state, recorded an influx of 20,152 tourists but by 2018, tourists had increased to 29,215.
“For this year, we don’t have any record yet since the year hasn’t ended, but we are projecting to reach 50,000 because of the new publicity approach we have adopted, using the social media,” he said.
While describing one of the marvels of the reserve, Ladan said that the Wikki Warm Spring, “maintains a constant temperature of 31°C; it is exceptionally beautiful. You can swim there throughout the day without noticing that you spent hours there.
“Apart from the Wikki Warm Spring, we have others that have not yet been developed such as the Dimil, Maullugu, Tungan Maliki and Gwana Warm Spring. Tungan Maliki is a cold spring while the other four are warm springs. The one that has the highest temperature is Dimil Warm Spring, it maintains a constant temperature of 35°C all year round.
“One unique thing with those springs is that they maintain the volume of flow of water into it whether it is rainy season or when it is dry season.”
Yankari covers a landmass of 2,244 square kilometers and houses over 350 different species of bird and about 50 different kinds of mammals. The game reserve established 1956, was later converted to a national park in 1991 and managed by the Federal government. It remained so until the management of the reserve was handled back on request by the Bauchi State government in 2006.
Recently, the current administration of Sen. Bala Mohammed has said that it would plead with the Federal Government to take over management of the park yet again. Mohammed expressed his disappointment about the deplorable state of the reserve and wondered why the government in power at the time would reject relieve from the financial burden of managing the park.
The governor also said that the cases of yellow fever reported were due to the abundance of monkeys in the area. He, however, added that the government, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) would tackle the problem.
BBC News reported on September 6th that, according to the Borno State epidemiology team, six students from Waka College of Education in Borno State has died after 95 of them visited the game reserve.
Sanwo-Olu Orders Full Reopening of Markets
Governor of Lagos State Orders Full Reopening of All Markets
Governor Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has ordered the full reopening of markets in the state after a report showed new cases of COVID-19 have subsided.
The governor ordered the full reopening of both the food markets and non-food markets across the metropolis.
Dr. Wale Ahmed, the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, disclosed this in a statement issued on Tuesday.
He said the governor took the decision to further deepen trade and commerce and ease the hardship of recent happenings.
It should be recalled that the markets were shut due to the outbreak of ravaging COVID-19 pandemic in March before they were partially reopened for activities in May.
The governor, however, urged all traders to observe all safety protocols in order to prevent a possible resurgence of COVID-19 in the state.
Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) Speaks on Looted Palliatives, Explains Delay
Looted Palliatives: Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) Speaks
Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) has spoken on the recent actions of criminals and thugs who hijacked the #EndSARS protest and looted warehouses where COVID-19 palliatives were kept for distributions.
The group refuted claims that the stolen items were hoarded for certain people instead of distribution to the vulnerable they were meant for. This is despite the fact that some of the palliatives were already rotten by the time criminals broke into the warehouses.
Some of the looters, who spoke with the press, said a sizeable number of the items were already rotten and destroyed by rodents, while one of the lawmakers tasked with distribution claimed he planned to distribute the items on his birthday. A statement that angered many Nigerians.
However, in a statement issued on behalf of the group by Osita Nwanisobi, the Acting Director of Corporate Communications, CBN, on Monday, CACOVID said due to the huge size of the items meant to be distributed, the complex process involved in manufacturing, packaging and the eventual distribution to 2 million most vulnerable families across the 774 local government in the country, the group agreed to conduct the supply in stages, especially given locked down imposed by the Federal Government during the period.
The statement reads, “Members of the Private Sector-led Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) wish to call for calm, amidst the looting of COVID-19 palliatives meant for distribution in various State Government warehouses across the country.
“The Coalition is deeply concerned by the recent events and is urging those involved in the wanton destruction of public and private property to immediately desist from these raids, in order to allow the States to proceed with a peaceful and fair distribution of these palliatives to the neediest and most vulnerable in our society.
“Over the past few months, the private sector, through CACOVID has been working with governors, the FCT Minister, and the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) to procure, deliver, and distribute these food relief items to almost 2 million most vulnerable families (over 10 million Nigerians) across the 774 local government areas of the country, as part of the private sector’s support towards the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The sheer scale of this nationwide food programme and the timing of the orders and deliveries, which coincided with the lockdowns and reduced movement across the country, compelled CACOVID to roll out distribution in a staggered manner.
“The very large size of the order and the production cycle required to meet the demand caused delays in delivering the food items to the states in an expeditious manner; hence, the resultant delay in delivery of the food palliatives by the state governors.”
Makinde Directs Schools to Reopen After #EndSARS Protest
Schools to Reopen After #EndSARS Protest, Says Governor Makinde
The Executive Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has directed schools across the Ibadan metropolis to resume normal activities immediately after the #EndSARS protest.
Mr Olasunkanmi Olaleye, the commissioner for education, Oyo State, disclosed this in a statement issued on Sunday in Ibadan.
According to Olaleye, the directive was after a careful review of the situation in the Ibadan metropolis as promised by Governor Makinde in a state broadcast on October 20.
This was after the governor ordered the closure of all schools, private and public, in the Ibadan metropolis for three days and promised to review the situation on October 23.
Olaleye said the governor thanks the youths who have been cooperating with security operatives in the state to ensure peace and order.
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