Nigeria, China to halt illegal wildlife trade - PUNCH
BY Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja
Nigeria and China on Tuesday agreed to strengthen bilateral relations to tackle illegal wildlife trade in line with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
According to the Federal Ministry of Environment, this was the highpoint of a meeting between the delegations of the two countries led by the Minister of Environment, Mohammad Abubakar, the Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor, and the representatives of Chinese CITIES Management Authority.
Abubakar emphasised the need for the two countries to work together towards addressing the cancerous issue of illegal international wildlife trade.
He said traffickers had exploited the illegal trade and exposed both nations to some unwholesome practices that should be frowned at by the two countries in order to defend endangered species.
Ikeazor reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to the fight against illegal wildlife trade and noted that Nigeria joined 182 nations to sign and ratify the international convention on CITIES in 1974.
She informed the delegation that to give municipal credence to the convention, Nigeria promulgated the Endangered Species Decree No. 11 in 1985, which had been enacted as Endangered Species Act 2016.