Gombe State says it intends to tackle the threat posed by hippopotamuses, that are destroying farm lands and humans in Malala and Gombe Abba of Dukku Local Government Area, as well as Dandinkowa, in Yamaltu Deba Local Government Areas of Gombe State.
The recent attacks by the hippopotamuses were reported in January and February this year and again this month in the two local government areas, where dry season farming is in operation.
The wild animals are reportedly said to invade farms already flourishing with plants and destroy them.
Answering questions from journalists soon after being sworn-in as the new Gombe State Commissioner of Environment, Hajia Sa’adatu Sa’ad Mustapha, said the destruction by the wild animals was a huge challenge for the state government.
She however said she was going to hold consultations with the people of the affected communities
“We just learned that there is a case of hippopotamus destroying farms and lives in Dukku. Right now we are waiting for the affected to come, so that we are going to have a chat and find a solution on how to go about it,” she said.
The meeting between officials of the Ministry of Environment, leaders of the affected communities and officials of the Gombe State University are aimed at finding out how best to conserve the wild animals without them being destructive to the environment or the people.
The new Gombe State Commissioner of Environment also said the government intended to tackle ecological challenges, since the state faced erosion challenges.
She said the government would focus on resuscitating the Sanitary Inspectors, who had become redundant in carrying out their duties of ensuring hygiene in communities in the state.
“Even though they say they are on ground, but I think they are fully active, on this Dubagari of a thing. So we want to make that aspect to be active. We are thinking of having them, if not weekly, may be twice every month. That is after every two-two weeks they go round to check the houses or environment and report back to us to see where and what we need to do to improve the neatness of such an area,” the Gombe State Commissioner of Environment said.
Tree planting campaign
The new Gombe State Commissioner of Environment says the government intends to carry out a campaign on tree planting and vegetation recovery as an interesting venture for women, children and members of the public, so that erosion would be strongly tackled in the state.
“We want to involve our women to create a day, solely meant for the women to come out to do their own. Children too, we will carry them along to make them have it at the back of their minds, the importance of planting trees. We will keep on doing that, like a joke, like a play and we are doing something good, the Gombe State Commissioner of Environment said.
Hajia Sa’adatu said the Gombe state Government would introduce monthly sanitation in the state, to maintain the high level of cleanliness being observed in the state.
In the meantime, the commissioner is calling on the people of Gombe to stop blocking drainage with garbage and also maintain the neat environment seeing around Gombe.
The twelve new commissioners were sworn in by the Gombe State Government on Wednesday, May 11, are the first set of commissioners in the second tenure of Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo.
Before now, there were 24 ministries in the past, but with the swearing of the just 12 commissioners, it seems the number of ministries would be cut down, but to a number yet to be made known.
The Gombe state governor promised to run a focused, transparent and accountable administration, especially with dwindling allocation from the Federation Account.