An environmentalist and sole fundraising coordinator of a tree planting campaign in Gombe, Alhaji Yusuf Musa Dambayo, says the people of Gombe must plant trees to avoid the devastating effects of desertification and erosion menace in different parts of the State.
Alhaji Yusuf, who has been sponsoring the planting of thousands of trees in Gombe, stated this at the commencement of the planting of 201 trees of different varieties at the Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State.
He said the devastating effects of desertification in the State has made it mandatory for him to mobilize groups and individuals to plant trees so as to protect the environment.
According to him, the project is borne out of his desire to have God’s blessings and also to protect or control erosion or flood that has been negatively affecting different parts of the State because of its topography.
He said inadequate trees in Gombe have caused a lot of environmental challenges especially during rainy season where a lot of flooding which destroys lives and properties are being recorded.
He said the programme is the sixth in a series of campaigns he has personally sponsored to support the State Government’s 3G’s (Gombe Goes Green) programme.
“I planted 200 trees in the premises of NTA Gombe; I planted 150 trees in Gombe Media Cooperation, not less than 300 trees in Federal College of Education (Technical) Gombe, I planted uncountable number of trees in Gombe State University and Federal College of Horticulture Dadin Kowa where they rear trees and I will still continue”, he stated.
The District Head of Kashere, Alhaji Mustapha Aliyu who expressed excitement at the programme said it was a timely programme following the rampant falling of trees in the area.
He said he had also been in the vanguard for the massive planting of trees in his domain and called on other traditional rulers to mobilize their people for the tree planting campaign.
The programme in Kashere was supported by the FUK detachment of the Red Cross Society of Nigeria where the Patron, Mukhtar Mohammed and Chapter president, Ali Alola Alfinta all praised and commended the initiative. They promised to nurture to trees to maturity. The trees planted included Eucalyptus, Mahogany, Guava, Leme orange, Cashew, Malaina, among many other species.