The government of Gombe State, on Wednesday, launched the ‘Gombe Goes Green 3G’ initiative, geared towards checkmating the effect of desertification in the state.

The state Governor, Inuwa Yahaya, announced this in Dukku Local Government Area of Gombe at an event held to mark the initiative.

He said four million trees would be planted to that effect with over 86, 000 tree seedlings being planted in nine local government areas and several nurseries established in different communities in the state.

While explaining that deforestation, poor land use and other human activities were some of the leading causes of flooding and erosion, he reiterated the desire of his government to always preserve lives and property.

“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.

“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,” Yahaya said.

The Governor called for the assistance and support of community leaders and well-meaning individuals in a bid to make the project a success.

The Emir of Dukku, Alhaji Abdulkadir Rashid II, assured the governor of his full assistance and cooperation in making the project a success.

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