The Nigeria Conservation Foundation (NCF), on Friday engaged Anambra and Enugu communities on effective awareness for safety and strong protection of vulture in the states.
The Head of Communications of the foundation, Mr Oladapo Soneye, said the NCF had embarked on sensitising and empowering the two states in their various communities for protection and conservation of vulture in their localities.
The objective of the sensitisation was to improve and enhance the capabilities and skills of interested volunteers in monitoring of vulture within “Vulture Save Zone” (VSZ) in the states.
He said that the commitment was to engage those who had been volunteered to monitor the VSZ such as market women association, youth groups, community leaders among others.
He said that the effort was to ensure that the endangered species were protected.
He said that the sensitisations were focused on Awka Ekiti and Idemili South Local Government Areas (LGAs).
“During the awareness, a total of 35 individuals in the communities from seven villages of the LGAs assembled in Awka Ekiti community town hall.
“The people were educated on the need or importance of existing vultures within their communities.
“The same meeting was hosted with 38 individuals in various communities at Ihe Awgu LGA of Enugu State.
“Essentially, the purpose was to educate the communities on the benefits of the species existence to them.
“The meeting was graced with diverse target group; market women, hunters, youth group and butchers from abattoirs where the vultures feed as well as the local leadership of the communities,” he said.
Soneye said that the meeting was also centered on threats to the vultures including direct killing and habitat fragmentation.
According to him, during the discussion, it was gathered that residents from the community don’t kill vultures.
He added that the vulture faced threat from intruders or hunters from outside the states through direct hunting and poisoning.