To develop Okomu National Park that will not only meet the hopes and aspiration of Nigerians but can favourably compare with any National Park in the world in preserving, protecting and conserving our natural heritage and cultural edifices that enliven them, for generations to come.
Okomu National Park is created to effectively and efficiently protect and manage rainforest ecosystem on biodiversity principles of conservation for posterity, recreation, scientific and educational purposes, as well as means to regulate our environment.
Okomu National Park is located in Ovia south west Local Government Area of Edo State west of the River Niger in South-South Nigeria. It lies between North latitude 60 15’ and 60 25’, and East longitudes 50 9’ and 50 23’. It is bounded in the west by the Okomu River and in the north, east and south by a series of straight cut lines.
The Park covers a land area of approximately 202.24sq.km making it the smallest of Nigeria’s seven National Parks.
Access to the Park is gained mainly through the Park gate at Iguowan along the Udo to Inikorogha road. From Lagos and other western cites is by the Lagos Benin Expressway, turning right at the Okada junction through Iguobazuwa and Udo. The Park gate is about 8kms from Udo. There is an alternative route from Benin City straight through Siluko road and turning left at Obarenren Junction after Ora on to Udo. The Park is approximately one (1) hour drive from Benin City; four (4) hours from Lagos and Six (6) hours from Abuja.
The objectives of creating this National Park are to:-
- Preserve for posterity the unique flora and fauna of the south-south Nigeria, under threat from insatiable demand for timber, farmland and bush meat;
- Monitor and evaluate changes caused by nature and human activities in adjoining areas, thus promoting management and understanding of the tropical moist forest ecosystem;
- Maintain a reservoir of potentially valuable species and genotypes for the improvement of crops and trees, and for future industrial and scientific innovations in Agriculture and medicines;
- Provide a site for ecological education and research, and for training in conservation;
- Provide ecotourism attractions and services within the National Park and in conjunction with community developmental efforts in adjacent areas, such as support and buffer zones.