As the tragedy of flood continues to pose death threats to residents in various communities in Gombe, the State office of the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) has been thinking out of the box.

The agency's plan to address the menace is to plant three hundred hectares of Woodlot.

In simple terms, the agency wants to create a regulated forest.

The Gombe State NEWMAP Project Coordinator, Mohammed Garba had a chat with Bounce News.

He spoke on the successes of the project saying about 180 hectares had already been planted across 11 local council areas and the target is to cover 300 hectares.

He added that the project will soon commence construction of about 12 to 14 kilometres waterway to divert flood waters.

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“One will be from Gombe State University down to old Liji community that is around six to seven kilometres and another one at Federal College of Education Technical down to some part of Malam Inna and will also end at old Liji,” he said.

Garba also observed that flooding has become recurring due to silted drainage in Gombe, noting that “that is why the agency has embarked on de-silting the major drainages in Gombe metropolis, which helped in reducing the flooding incidences in the state that is when compared to previous raining season”.

He also told Bounce News that the project had identified about 235 major water channels that pose as threats to lives and property.

“We are now in the last stage on paperwork after which we will mobilize our contractors to commence work on the two sites, we have gotten approval on,” he said.

He added that NEWMAP is planting more trees because indiscriminate felling of trees has been identified as a contributor to erosion and flood disasters.

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