A member representing Mayo Belwa/Ganye/ Jada/ Toungo Federal Constituency of Adamawa state in the House of Representatives, Hon Abdulrazak Namdas has urged the Federal Government to tap into the tourism potentials of the Gashaka- Gumti National Park so as to recover the dwindling revenues from oil and other related resources.
Namdas argued that the park had huge revenue potentials that could improve the dwindling revenues of the Nigerian government owing to fall in crude oil price globally.
The APC lawmaker said the Gashaka-Gumti National Park, which lies between the border towns of Gashaka and Gumti both in Taraba and Adamawa states, needs to be given serious attention being the largest national park with huge tourist potentials.
In a chat with Nigerian Pilot Sunday, Namdas argued that infrastructure in the park should be upgraded to attract tourists.
He noted that tourism, which the park epitomises, would have been a veritable source of foreign exchange for the government if serious attention were paid to all the national parks in Nigeria by previous administrations.
He said because the park was relatively unknown, it had not been generating any revenue nor creating employment for the people.
Namdas attributed the serious security challenges in the country to inability of government to put into effective use its natural endowments such as forest resources.
He explained that the Gashaka-Gumti National Park houses more than one hundred animal species, including lions, leopard, bears, hippopotamus, antelope etc.
He equally advised the APC led federal government to look into the non-oil sector in order to re-invigorate its revenue profile, stressing that the exercise was also a way to address the security challenges facing the country.
On what could be delaying the composition of committees, the lawmaker debunked media reports that the cause was as a result of members scrambling for ‘juicy committees’ in the House.
He rather said the leadership crisis in the House and need to carry all members along irrespective of party affiliation were cause why the various committees had not been inaugurated.
According to him, “The report that some members of the House are struggling to head some selected committees is totally baseless and far from the truth.
“What is responsible for the delay in the composition of the House committees is the need to carry every member of the House along and not the report on lawmakers scrambling for grade A, B or F committee.

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