BY LAIDE AKINBOADE
ABUJA – After fulfilling all the agreements on the trade in wildlife, Nigeria’s suspension on wildlife trading has been lifted by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, Wild Flora and Fauna, CITES.
The National Environmental Standards and Regulatory Enforcement Agency, NESREA, said in a statement that the suspension was lifted after six years.
Lifting of the ban was announced during the 61st meeting of the CITES in Geneva, Switzerland, last Friday.
It would be recalled that Nigeria was suspended by CITES in 2005, following reported illegal wildlife trade and weak legislation.
The statement read: “CITES is an international agreement that took effect in 1975 to prevent species from becoming endangered or extinct because of international trade.
“Under the treaty, countries work together to ensure that international trade in animal and plant species is not detrimental to the survival of wildlife populations by regulating the import, export, re-export, and introduction from the sea of certain animal and plant species”.