The Gombe state government in Northern Nigeria, says it is partnering with the Federal Ministry of Environment on tree planting to tackle the challenges of desertification in the state.
Alhaji Sa’ad Hashidu, the Director, Forestry and Wildlife Management, Ministry of Environment, Gombe State, made the disclosure in an interview with Journalists in Gombe on Thursday.
Hashidu said all arrangements had been put in place to start tree planting next week, adding that 2, 400 tree seedlings would be planted in Kadubu District of Nafada Local Government Area of the state.
‘‘Next week, in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Environment, we will embark on tree planting of 5.1 hectares of plantation of indigenous trees (locust bean trees) in Nafada.
‘‘We have concluded the preparation of the land by demarcating the area through fencing.
‘‘Since June is the most appropriate time to plant tree, we have decided to take advantage of the time to plant.
‘‘The Federal Government is funding the programme.
‘‘We are providing the technical know-how while Nafada Emirate Council gave us the land. This is part of the efforts to address the challenge of deforestation.
‘‘The Federal Government and the state government are doing a lot toward tackling the issue of desert encroachment in the state and very soon we will start having positive changes,’’ he explained.
Hashidu added that the ministry would monitor the growth of the seedlings through its area forestry office in Nafada and other staff that would frequently visit the area to nurture the seedlings.
He called on Gombe residents to take advantage of the wet season to plant more trees, adding that the task of afforesting the state was a collective one.