In a bid to combat the ongoing menace of marauding elephants devastating farmlands in Borno State, the House of Representatives has taken decisive action.
Hon. Zainab Gimba (APC, Borno) brought a motion of urgent national importance to address this issue during a recent plenary session.
These elephants, believed to be from Waza National Park in neighboring Cameroon, annually traverse Ngala and Kala-Balge local government areas of Borno State, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake as they trample crops and other agricultural produce.
Hon. Zainab Gimba expressed grave concern that the continuous destruction of farmlands by these elephants could exacerbate the already dire situation for the residents of these areas, particularly since they are under military control.
The legislator pointed out that attempts had been made by the Conservator-General to acquire equipment aimed at deterring the elephants and preventing further damage to crops. However, the effort was insufficient to combat the ongoing crisis effectively.
Hon. Zainab Gimba praised the swift response of the Borno State Government but noted that their resources were stretched thin.
As a result, she called on the Federal Government, specifically the Ministry of Environment and the National Park, to collaborate with Borno State in addressing this menace.
This joint effort is expected to provide essential logistical support to effectively combat the marauding elephants and protect the livelihoods of the affected communities.
The collaboration between the Federal Government and Borno State is seen as a crucial step towards resolving this pressing issue and mitigating the suffering of the local population.
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