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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has called for the implementation of policies that will encourage the preservation of wildlife in the country .
Obasanjo lamented that most wildlife that could benefit Nigeria had been exported to other countries.
The former President stated this on Thursday , while addressing members of the Pangolin Conservation Guild of Nigeria in his residence at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library , Abeokuta , Ogun State .
The conservators gathered to celebrate the 2020 World Pangolin Day Celebration with the former President .
Obasanjo lamented the high rate of exporting pangolin scale ( long- tailed and scale – covered mammals ) from Nigeria to China .
He called on Nigerians to preserve wildlife in the country , rather than supply other countries.
Obasanjo however urged stakeholders in the zoology industry to continue creating awareness on the benefits of preserving wildlife .
He said , “In Africa , we believe in the past, the spirit of our ancestors , and we keep them because they are part of our lives . We believe in the present, that is ourselves and everything around us and we believe in the future . So , the life of an African is made up of the past, the present and the future .”
According to him , through the destruction of biodiversity , the future is being taken away by the present, making it important to preserve humanity’ s future .
Obasanjo added , “So , when they said the idea of the Pangolin masquerade parade was on , I said , ‘Good idea.’ Pangolin , the future ; masquerade, the past; and we are here , the present. I think nothing can be better . I was shocked to find out that it is now becoming difficult to get pangolin .”
“ They don ’t do you any harm ; they are in fact timid . I don’ t believe that they don’t survive in captivity because when I was growing up , we had them , we played with them and they were delicious meat .”
In his address , the Chairman Pangolin Working Group in South Africa , Prof . Ray Jansen , said pangolins were the most trafficked animal in the world .
Jansen noted that 70 per cent of the 97 , 000 kgs of pangolin scales intercepted while leaving Africa in 2019 originated from Nigeria .
A senior lecturer at the University of Ibadan , Prof . Jumoke Morenikeji , explained that pangolins provided the earth with natural pest control with a single consuming millions of insects per year .
She noted that over one million pangolins had been shipped from Africa since 2009 .
She said , “Pangolins exist only in Asia and Africa . In 2019 , the number of pangolins shipped to Vietnam was 13 , 000 , which valued at $ 17 million .
“Habitats of pangolins are being destroyed at an alarming rate . Fine of N 5m with compulsory one-year jail term should be the punishment for anybody caught with the possession of wild animals as stipulated by the law .”

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President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the Ministry of Finance Budget and National Planning to ensure that Nigerian civil servants get their salaries paid promptly.

The President gave the directive on Thursday during a meeting with members of the Presidential Committee on the review of the Impact of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic on the Economy, held at the State House, Abuja.

Recapping details of the meeting to State House Correspondents after the meeting, Chairman of the Committee and Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, also said the President further directed that measures to protect the poor and the vulnerable are put in place.

She said the committee met with the President to update him on the developments instigated by the COVID-19 Pandemic globally and how much effect it has had on the nation’s economy.

Speaking on the directives to issued at the meeting, she said besides ensuring prompt payment of civil servants’ salaries, she said the President ordered the protection of critical national assets.

“Well, he has directed that we should make sure that salaries are paid, make critical infrastructures like roads, rails are protected, as much as possible use local inputs so that we retain value within our economy. And also make sure that we have measures that protect the poor and the vulnerable.”

“This meeting was just to brief Mr. President as the situation we are in keeps evolving on a daily basis. As the health crisis gradually expands, affecting states and also the lockdown that has been ordered to help curtail expansion of the health crisis.

“The consequences of the lockdown is the additional slowing down of the economy and the measures that we need to take to mitigate the negative consequences of the slow trade and businesses”, she said.

Another member of the committee, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, said the Committee had cause to meet with the President to keep him abreast of developments around the economy and the worsening fortunes at the international oil market.

Also speaking, another member of the committee, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele, said the committee had met with the President to suggest ways to redirect the economy so as to get it insulated against approaching global economic recession.

“The global economy naturally like we all know at this time will naturally suffer growth problems and may even lead to recession globally. So we are trying to see what we can do as a country to rescue our own situation so we don’t go the direction many will go.

“It is not going to be easy but we can only assure our people that we are on top of it and that we will resolve it and Nigerians will still be better for it”, he said.

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[object object] PHOTOS: Buhari meets COVID-19 Presidential Committee PRESIDENT BUHARI METS CORONAVIRUS COMMITTEE ON THE ECONOMY B 1140x570 1
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PRESIDENT BUHARI MEETS CORONAVIRUS COMMITTEE ON THE ECONOMY A.  President Muhammadu Buhari receives briefing from the Minister of Finance, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, Minister of State Petroleum Resoucres, High Chief Temipire Sylva and GMD NNPC, Mele Kyari during a meeting with the Presidential Committee to Review the Impact of Coronavirus on the Economy held at the State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. APRIL 2 2020
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PRESIDENT BUHARI METS CORONAVIRUS COMMITTEE ON THE ECONOMY B.  President Muhammadu Buhari receives briefing from the Minister of Finance, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed during a meeting with the Presidential Committee to Review the Impact of Coronavirus on the Economy held at the State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. APRIL 2 2020
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PRESIDENT BUHARI METS CORONAVIRUS COMMITTEE ON THE ECONOMY 2. The Minister of Finance, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, accompanied by The CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, GMD NNPC, Mr Mele Kyari and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipire Sylva after the meeting with the President by the Presidential Committee to Review the Imapct of Coronavirus on the Economy held at the State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. APRIL 2 2020
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PRESIDENT BUHARI METS CORONAVIRUS COMMITTEE ON THE ECONOMY 1A&B. President Muhammadu Buhari after the meeting with the President by the Presidential Committee to Review the Imapct of Coronavirus on the Economy held at the State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. APRIL 2 2020

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