In an effort to combat desertification, the Yobe State Government said that it has raised three million seedlings of assorted species, between the year 2020–2021 and distributed it to various stakeholders to establish their own plantation.
The Director Planning Research and Statistics, Yobe Ministry of Environment, Hassan Musa revealed this while addressing newsmen at the NUJ Secretariat as part of the activities marking Democracy Day celebrations and two years stewardship of Governor Mai Mala Buni.
According to him, the Ministry has so far established 1,300 hectares of Acacia Senegal (Gum arabic) plantation across the three senatorial districts, with each senatorial district having one hundred respectively.
“The Ministry was able to host the National World Desertification Day, held at Sabon Garin Idi Barde town.
“These plantations were back up with all the sustainability requirements such as well-fenced, boreholes and casual labourers to man the plantations.
“The Ministry was able to re-survey and re-demarcate the Dusuwa Forest Reserve to reduce the unnecessary encroachment. The Ministry has also revamped the tradition of tree planting which was abandoned a long time ago, this was aimed at encouraging the public on the massive planting of trees”, Musa said.