Deforestation, poor land use and other human activities are some of the major causes of flooding and erosion – resulting in the destruction of agricultural lands, lives and properties of Gombe people.
Consequently, Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe launched the ‘Gombe Goes Green 3G’ initiative aimed at planting four million trees to mitigate the menace of desertification in the state.
At the ceremony held in Dukku Local Government Area of the state, Yahaya said over 86, 000 tree seedlings were planted in nine local government areas and several nurseries established in various communities.
“Through 3G, we will continue to take necessary measures aimed at increasing the adaptive capacity toward reducing the negative impact of flood and erosion on the populace.
“ There will be awareness creation and sensitisation geared toward attitudinal change in relating with the environment; establishment of shelter belt, woodlots and cover crops to reduce impact of water runoff and loss of the top soil,” he said.
“Also, there will be campaign on reduction of drainage blockages; proper layout and planning of settlement that allows free flow of water along water ways; and construction of drainage.
“These efforts would help reduce vulnerability to these occurrences, ensure sustained food production and improve the socio-economic well-being of the people of Gombe State in the face of unceasing flood and erosion menace.”
He added that the state government had recently paid N500 million as counterpart contribution to the World Bank to access funds for the gully erosions in two sites within Gombe Township.
On his part, Alhaji Abdulkadir Rashid II, Emir of Dukku, thanked Gov. Yahaya and pledged his commitment towards ensuring the success of the project in his domain.