William Attah, Gombe
Gombe State Government in conjunction with the Nigeria Erosion Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) are currently planting trees and constructing waste collection points in Gombe State University (GSU).
Some parts of the State capital affected by different forms of land degradation are also benefiting from the project which intends to plant between 500 to 1000 trees in GSU alone.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after commencing work at the Gombe State University, which has witnessed age long ecological problems, Engineer Ayuba Anda, Water Resource Specialist, Nigeria Erosion Watershed Manager Project, NEWMAP, said the programme is in furtherance of Governor Inuwa Yahaya’s project, Gombe Goes Green (3Gs).
According to him, the noble idea falls in line with the principal objective of NEWMAP in restoring degraded land, protecting it, reforestation and forestation in order to combat the menace of climate change as a result of desertification.
A lot of gully erosion control work has taken place in the GSU and Engineer Anda said, “we want to ensure that every investment that is been done in terms of erosion control, we follow it with bioremediation”.
He added that this will stabilize the soil and protect what is already put in place in the university environment.
“Before the the commencement, there was serious engagement with the GSU community as they were sensitized on the need for maintenance in terms of waste management and reforestation”, he stated.
Speaking earlier, Murtala Salish, Director of Works and Physical Planning of GSU, said the project was a welcomed one as facilities in the school are now safer.
“Our environment is now safer, buildings protected from encroachment. It will also improve the beauty of the University which attracts a lot of people from within and outside the State”, he stated.
He assured of maintenance of the project stressing that the University already has a that culture. “We will properly maintain it, avoid dumping of refuse in the gullies, make sure they are clean and free,” he said.