The management of the Old Oyo National Park has been advised to be professional in their conduct and services while protecting, preserving, conserving and managing the cultural, historical and archaeological features in their care.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 2 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Gold Chibuisi, advised when the Conservator of Park, Old Oyo National Park, Caroline Olory and her team paid him a courtesy visit.
The GOC commended the National Park Service and indeed the Old Oyo National Park for conserving old relics and encouraging the sustainable growth and abundance of biological materials of zoological and botanical specimens for scientific research and education.
He also appreciated and applauded the management of the park for a visit, noting that it will further improve and strengthen a healthy relationship, synergy and collaboration between the two organisations that will further encourage general interest and education among the public in the knowledge of wild fauna and flora to gain their support for conservation.
The GOC assured the Conservation of Park and her team of the Divisions cooperation and assistance when the need arises, pointing out that the security of life, property and national assets should not be left in the hand of one security agent alone.
Earlier, the Conservator of Park, Old Oyo National Park, Caroline Olory, said she was at the Division to seek support and work in harmony with the security agencies in the state to prevent the park from encroachment and bandits taking over. She urged the general public to endeavour to visit the park to enjoy its serene environment, beauty, geological, wildlife, and historical and archaeological sites.
Old Oyo National Park is one of the seven parks in Nigeria. The park was carved from two contiguous forest reserves of Upper Ogun and Oyo- Ile forest reserves. It is the fourth largest national park in Nigeria after Gashaka Gumti, Kanji Lake and Cross River.