Nigeria

Jigawa government vows to contain erosion, flooding, desert encroachment

Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar, has expressed sadness over the death of former Military Administrator of the state, Brigadier General Ibrahim Aliyu (rtd) who died on Friday in Kaduna.

Jigawa state government has expended over N5 million in the last six years to contain the perennial flooding in riverine areas of Hadejia Emirate, part of which was used on embarkment, and construction of over 35-kilometre drainages as well reclaimed over 4.2 square meters of eroded areas to avert environmental degradation.

Disclosing this at Maigatari on the occasion of flagging off of this year’s tree-planting campaign, Governor Badaru Abubakar stated that the state government has distributed over twelve million tree seedlings in the last six years for planting as part of efforts to fight desertification for sustainable clean, and healthy environment.

The Governor also said apart from expending 35 million naira on the embankment of River Hadejia, it also cleared about 180 kilometres of type grass in 13 communities within 15 local government areas.

Furthermore, he said more than 23,000 wood economy cooking stoves were produced and distributed as part of measures to reduce the rampant felling of trees for firewood.

In his well come address, the Jigawa state Commissioner for Environment, Ibrahim Baba Chai Chai, said the ministry has produced two million different varieties of tree seedling’ for onward distribution to various ministries, parastatals, among other public buildings for planting this year as part of measures to control erosion and desert encroachment across Jigawa state.

Also speaking, the chairman of Maigatari local government, Uzairu Nadabo commended the state government for choosing Maigatari for this year’s flag off and the launching of this year’s tree-planting campaign in the area.

He called on both workers in the area and the general public to ensure strict compliance with government directives by planting at least a tree in their surroundings.

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