World Bank supports land rehabilitation in Gombe state

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A World Bank assisted project, Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) has spent N200 million for the rehabilitation of degraded lands in Gombe state.

Malam Mohammed Garba, Gombe State Project Coordinator (PC) disclosed this in an interview with News men on Friday, in Gombe.

Garba said the office planted 263 hectares of woodlot consisting of 85,833,000 assorted species which were endangered; as well as economic trees of enormous importance.

According to him, woodlot prevents desert encroachment and also serves as wind breakers.

The Project Coordinator said apart from the woodlot, they had fenced Kanawa Forest, which was gazetted by the defunct government of a Northern Region, Kaduna, in 1953.

According to him prior to the coming of NEWMAP, Kanawa Forest was being encroached, but has now been conserved.

Garba said it provided two solar power boreholes to be supplying water and also employed the services of some persons to be taking care of the forest adding that NEWMAP had also raised 450,000 assorted seedlings which would be distributed to people and groups.

He noted that NEWMAP had identified 235 active gully erosion sites in the state and it was working towards correcting the gullies by construction of bridges, culverts, waterways and roads.

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