The National Children’s Park and Zoo was established in 2001.
Inaugurating the committee on behalf of President Jonathan at the State House, on Wednesday, the Chief of Staff to the President, Mike Oghiadome, said President Jonathan was concerned at the current state of the park and decided to set up an Interim Management Committee, IMC, to evaluate the current state of the facility; supervise the ongoing management of the facility; make recommendations about how the facility should be rehabilitated; evaluate options for the future sustenance of the facility; and define a role for Government.
The Chief of Staff said the committee has six months to complete its work.
Responding, the chairman of the committee and Minister of Culture and Tourism, Edem Duke, said the committee will work hard to restore the park to the preferred destination for relaxation and education.
He said the park presented an opportunity to highlight the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s classification of Nigeria as one of the 25 biodiversity hotspots in the world, and pledged to deliver on the terms of reference.
Mr. Oghiadome said the park and zoo was established in 2001, with contributions of animals from several African countries and attracts an average of 113,000 individual visitors and 2,000 educational institutions annually.