NGO plants over 8, 000 trees to combat desertification in Gombe
A Gombe based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Jewel Environmental Initiative (JEI) says it has planted 8,780 trees in six Local Government Areas to combat desertification in the state.
Mr. Ismail Bima, the Chief Executive Officer of the NGO made the disclosure in an interview with our correspondent in Gombe on Thursday.
Bima said that the trees were planted in Kwami, Yamaltu-Deba, Gombe, Balanga, Billiri and Akko Local Government Areas of the state within the last three months.
According to him, the exercise is a partnership between JEI and the Nigeria Conservative Foundation: “they gave us money and we raised over 10,580 different tree seedlings in our nursery in Kanawa forest.’’
He said they had also distributed 3,500 trees to different communities based on request by their district heads as measures to ensure ownership at the grassroots to help nurture the trees to maturity.
“We have been advocating to all stakeholders to intensify awareness in the area of tree planting to help mitigate the effect of desertification. But now we are practicalising what we sensitize communities on.’’
Bima noted that the trees planted by the NGO, the state government and other stakeholders would mitigate the environmental hazards affecting the state.
“The trees being planted will in the near future, address the avalanche environmental issues affecting the state, help in reversing global warming and climate change while also improve the quality of air in Gombe,” he said.
The environmentalist explained that the tree planting exercise was to show examples to communities on how to address environmental hazards bedeviling the state.
“ This is why we are planting trees massively and also supporting the state government’s noble initiative to bring back greener Gombe with fresher air to sustain humanity.’’
He said that awareness creation by relevant stakeholders was yielding the desired results: “as a result enormous requests are being received by communities and individuals for trees to be planted in their communities.’’
He appealed to the benefitting communities to monitor the trees as they grow and report back to the NGO in case of any need for replacing death seedlings.