National Park in Taraba faces environmental challenges

Rebecca Mu’azu, Gombe


Authorities of the Gashaka-Gumti National Park in Taraba State say the park faces increasing environmental problems and illegal human activities.

They say the challenges were threatening the continuous survival of the animals in the park.

The Park’s Conservator, Mr. Yuhanna Saidu told journalists at the commemoration of the World Rangers Day in Gashaka that the state government should urgently strategise ways to tackle the challenges.

Naturally endowed
Mr. Saidu said some of the acts that were threatening the survival of the park were activities of poaching, illegal grazing, mining, fishing, farming and logging.

”It is disturbing that illegal logging of Rosewood, a valuable timber used as forage for livestock, medicine, dyes for cloths and luxury furniture, is on the increase…It is unfortunate that in Nigeria today, Taraba state happens to be the last point where Rosewood is found and the logging is intense,” Mr. Saidu explained.

Urgent intervention
He called for an urgent intervention to avoid the environmental consequences on the state and Nigeria as a whole.

According to reports, the World Rangers Day was founded in 1992 by the United Kingdom based International Rangers Foundation, designed to commemorate rangers killed or injured in their lines of duties.

Prevent poachers
It was an avenue to enlighten the publics on the valuabe contribution of rangers in the society as they are the ones protecting the planet’s natural resources and the cultural heritages.

The traditional ruler of the council emirate, Alhaji Zubairu Gabdo applauded the ranger’s efforts at protecting the park and its naturally endowed resources.

Alhaji Gabdo challenged media practitioners across the country to draw the attention of the Nigerian Government to strategies that would prevent poachers, loggers and other people from encroaching into the park.

The Gashaka Gumti National Park, situated in Gashaka, a few kilometres away from the popular Mambilla Plateau, is one of the most endowed parks in West Africa.


Lateefah Ibrahim