Gombe State is to plant 300 hectares of woodlot in seven out of the
11 Local Government Areas of the state.
Communication Officer, Nigeria Erosion Watershed
Management Project (NEWMAP), a World Bank assisted project of the
Federal Ministry of Environment, Mr Richard James, disclosed this in Kaltungo Local
Government Area of Gombe state on Tuesday during a visit to one of the
woodlot plantation sites.
He said 300 hectares of woodlot were earmarked for Gombe, but only 60
hectares was approved in three pilot LGAs namely; Kaltungo,
Yamaltu-Deba and Kwami.
According to him, 20 hectares would be planted in each of the three
LGAs, adding that the project was under a component of NEWMAP known as
Degraded Land Rehabilitation.
He said the woodlot will prevent desert encroachment and also serve as
The communication officer said arrangement has been concluded for the
project, while consultants went round and checked the sites for the
James said African indigenous trees which were endangered species
would be planted in the woodlot as well as other economic trees of
enormous importance to the public.
In his response, the ward head of Poshereng in Kaltungo LGA one of the
woodlot location, commended the Federal Government under President
Muhammadu Buhari for the wonderful initiative.
He assured NEWMAP that the community will nurture the trees to maturity.