Anietie Akpan’s winning work in Environmental Reporting, “Cross River, Conservationists, clash over plan to develop AFI Gorilla Sanctuary”, focuses on the bitter quarrel between the Cross River State Government and animal keepers over plans to turn endangered species camp into a commercial venture. While the state government believes the venture would raise needed funds, the conservationists argue that the animals would be at risk.
Published in the December 12th edition of The Guardian, the report also examines the health and safety implications of citing the sanctuary very close to humans.
Anietie Akpan, born November 12, 1964, attended Government Secondary School, Jos and the Federal School of Arts and Science, Sokoto. A graduate of Sociology from the University of Jos, he joined The Guardian in 1991 and has remained with the publication till date. He is a former chairman of the Correspondents Chapel of NUJ, Cross River State chapter.