The Gombe State Government has begun a pilot planting phase of 1 Million trees, with over 13 thousand trees already planted in Gombe metropolis and environs.
The one million tree planting phase was in preparation to the official launch of 4 million tree planting scheme across Gombe State by Governor Muhammadu Yahaya.
The programme tagged: Gombe Goes Green or 3G for short, was an initiative of Governor Yahiya’s administration to plant 1 million trees every year, aimed at tackling desertification and other environmental challenges.
A statement by the government said, the environmental challenges in Gombe State were not limited to desertification, but also prone to erosion, especially in the Gombe metropolis, which has severe gully erosion.
Consequently, it said the tree planting programme would arrest the situation.
So far, 11 Non-Governmental Agencies had been recruited to commence the work in all the 11 sites across Gombe Local Government Area, in accordance with International best practice.
It would be recalled that Governor Yahaya had recently vowed to embark on massive tree planting in the state, as a strategic measure to counter the tragedy of desertification and flooding which pose threats to the lives of residents in various communities as well as infrastructures like roads and bridges in the state,”the statement said.
Sensitisation of Residents
It said the first component of the project had begun with the sensitisation of residents on the need and benefit of tree planting, as well as tree planting campaigns in residential areas, public places and schools.
The project has created shelter belts in four local government areas in the northern part of the State.
Also, under the 3G programme, the Government said it would employ about 27 thousand youths, who would be paid 7,500 naira each, monthly, to nurse and watch over the trees and ensure their survival and growth.