GOVERNOR Bala Mohammed has lamented the activities of bandits at the Yankari Game Reserve and Safari, vowing that he would rather die than allow bandits to take over the tourist site.
Mohammed, who made the vow in a speech at the launching of the 2023 Tree Planting Campaign held on Thursday at the Dungal Housing Estate, Bauchi, said British investors were planning to take over the tourist centre and invest $18 million, hence, his resolution never to allow the bandits take over the place.
“Today, we are happy, we’re being recognised by the international community. Bauchi has become the next investment destination. Our biodiversity, which is Yankari, has attracted British investors that came here, discussed with us seriously and they are ready to take over Yankari to save our Fauna and Flora, to save our animals with an initial investment of $18 million of their own money and to bring security.
“We have been battling with bandits inside Yankari. I will never allow them to take over Yankari from me, under my time, no, no way! I will either die or they die. They will not be there. I am assuring you, the people of Bauchi.
“So, we will have to work, we don’t have to sleep because so many things are going on against us,” he stated.
The governor, while speaking further, lamented the activities of tree fellers across the 20 local government areas of the state. He therefore declared war on the charcoal business in the state.