Nigeria Biodiversity Conservation Alliance Mourns Olabode Olawuyi

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Nigeria Biodiversity Conservation Alliance Mourns Olabode Olawuyi

The Nigeria Biodiversity Conservation Alliance (NBCA) has expressed its sadness over the tragic passing of Mr. Olabode Olawuyi.

In a statement signed by Mr. Dipo Bali on Wednesday, February 21, the group described Olawuyi, a former Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the National Zoological Agency (NAZAP), as a dedicated veterinary technologist, adding that his dedication shone in his chosen field, at the Zoological Garden of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).

Further, the statement noted that Mr. Olawuyi was a pillar of the Nigerian zoological community, lauded for his unwavering commitment to wildlife conservation and exceptional service.

“He had dedicated years to the OAU Zoological Garden, providing exemplary care to its resident lion, whom he had nurtured since its birth.

“NBCA acknowledges the ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr. Olawuyi’s passing. We extend our deepest condolences to his grieving family, friends, and colleagues at OAU during this difficult time.

“Our unwavering support stands with them as they navigate this profound loss. As an organization dedicated to wildlife protection and preservation in Nigeria, we recognize the inherent risks associated with working with wild animals. We remain steadfast in advocating for the strictest adherence to safety protocols and established guidelines to ensure the well-being of both wildlife caretakers and the animals under their care.”

NBCA said that it remains committed to closely monitoring the situation and collaborating with relevant authorities to prevent similar tragedies from unfolding in the future, adding that it extends unwavering support to the OAU Zoological Garden and its staff during this period of immense loss.

“In memory of Mr. Olabode Olawuyi, we pledge to redouble our efforts towards promoting responsible wildlife management practices and fostering a robust safety culture within the zoological and animal care fields. His dedication and passion will forever serve as an inspiration to us all,” the statement concluded.

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