The National Parks Service, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Federal University Wukari, Taraba State to collaborate in ecotourism, research and conservation education.
The MOU was signed by Alhaji Ibrahim Goni, the Conservator-General of the service and Prof. Abubakar Kundiri, the Vice Chancellor of the university at the service headquarters in Abuja.
This disclosure was contained in a statement signed by the Media Assistant to the Conservator-General, National Park Service, Yakubu Zull.
The C-G said that the MoU was the second of its kind since he assumed duty as the Chief Executive of the National Park Service.
He called on other institutions of learning to emulate the university to raise the bar in natural science education and conservation of biological biodiversity.
Goni stated that the National Parks, which served as a field laboratory to students studying natural sciences in tertiary institutions had so far trained more than 2,000 students.
The Vice Chancellor, in his response, said that the MOU marked a milestone in the advancement of quality education in the university.
He observed that government funding alone could not sustain the operations of the university, hence the need to explore other areas of funding.
“With the MOU, the university will now have access to the Parks’ facilities for research to boost tourism activities that will generate revenue and employment opportunities for the youth.”
According to him, the development will also boost revenue and fulfill its mandate.