The Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project, in Gombe State, has solicited for the support and cooperation of communities affected by gully erosion for a successful implementation of the projects in the state.
The State Project Coordinator, Mr Bala Nayaya, said during his visit to some affected communities in Akko local government area, that five communities critically affected by gully erosion had been selected out of the 45 mapped out, for the commencement of the projects to address the problems of erosion in the state.
According to Nayaya, the communities and the location of the proposed project sites were the Kumo General Hospital, Jauro-Tukur stream erosion, Wuro-Bajoga-Barunde fingers gully erosion control in Akko.
He said other sites were the Gombe State University gully erosion and the Federal College of Education-railway line gully erosion control, as well as Gombe International Hotel-State House of Assembly flood control.
Mr. Nayaya advised the communities to summit a registered association that would serve as a link between them and the agency at all times for the success of the programme.
He said those affected by erosion would be compensated and empowered with capital to start a business, explaining that the project was sponsored by the World Bank, Federal Government, as well as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in collaboration with the State Government with about 508.96 million Naira.
According to him, the nature of intervention were civil works, water management and tree planting.
In their remarks, Emir of Kumo and District Head of Tabra, Alhaji Umar Atiku and Alhaji Sayoji Abubakar, all appreciated the intervention and gave their full support and cooperation for the success of the projects.
They also appreciated the agency’s initiative for empowerment and the compensation of those affected, as well as promised to identify those that were very close to affected areas to ease their job.