Alhaji Ibrahim Goni, Conservator-General (CG), National Parks Service (PKS), says the seven National Parks across the country are fully equipped and prepared for fun seekers for the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
“The parks are ready; they are being upgraded to meet international standards. Nigerians seeking fun during the Eid-el Kabir festival are welcome,” Goni said in Abuja,.
“We have facilities that will make visitors comfortable at Gashaka Gumti, Cross River, Kamuku, Okomu and Old Oyo parks.
“Oli Tourist Camp at Kainji Lake National Park in Niger State covers an area of 5,340.82sq.km with 52 standard chalets. We boast of 24-hour electricity supply, a conference centre, two swimming pools, a restaurant and bar.
“Chad Basin National Park, located in the extreme North-East of Nigeria between Borno and Yobe States, has 12 chalets well furnished, en-suite facilities for people out for sport fishing, boat cruising and bird watching at night.
“Our facilities at the Cross River, Kamuku, Old Oyo and Okomu National Parks are also superb. We have same facilities that showcase nature at its best,’’ he said.
He said that the parks were good for summer holidays, urging Nigerians to rethink their tendency to undertake trips abroad this summer and turn to any of the National parks to enjoy the ambience of nature that God had blessed Nigeria with.
“It will also enhance the revenue drive of the parks and contribute to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
“We are working to preserve and protect the nation’s natural heritage and the cultural edifices for unborn generations. If we don’t patronise them, they will go moribund,” he said.
He assured Nigerians that despite the security situation in some parts of the country, the parks would continue to serve as an embodiment of the nation’s biodiversity conservation and ecotourism destinations.
The CG called on the Muslim faithful to use the Eid-el Kabir celebrations to pray for Nigeria.