The Board of Trustees of the Nigerian Association of Zoos and Wildlife Parks (NAZAP) has come under new leadership following the recent resignation of Prof (Mrs) Olajumoke Morenikeji on the November 6, 2023.
In a statement by the association’s BOT Secretary, A.O Ehanire, the decision to disengage was informed by the increasing responsibilities from her area of primary engagement.
The former Vice-chairman of the BOT, Alhaji Ali Yola, has since resumed as Acting Chairman, while Dr. Moses Oyatogun is now the Acting Vice chairman / Treasurer.
All current Trustees, including the former Chairperson, are seasoned Zoo administrators and foundation members of NAZAP, according to the statement.
Prof. Morenikeji had provided leadership for the association in nearly a decade, both as foundation President and then as Chairperson of the BOT.
“A lot of milestones have been achieved in the intervening years for the nascent association. Another Trustee, Mr. Francis Abioye, is to oversee the international Technical linkages of NAZAP,” the statement said.
In another development, the liaison office of the association is now formally domiciled at the National Children’s Park and Zoo, Abuja;
where another Trustee and General Manager of the National Children’s Park and Zoo, Mallam Aminu Muhammad Beli, will be in charge of the Laison office.
“This office is easily accessed through the vicinity of the Army Command Guest House, Asokoro, Abuja.
All correspondence with the Association shall be addressed to the Chairman BOT, in the interim. Stakeholders, including federal agencies in the regulatory environment, are being copied this press release.”