The fear of erosion and deforestation is giving Kembu Community in Akko LGA in Gombe state sleepless night.

Representatives of the community on Thursday visited the Commissioner For Environment and Forest Resources, Sa’adatu Sa’ad Mustapha to lodge a complaint over land dispute in their community.

John Ezra, who spoke on behalf of the community, told the commissioner that their grand fathers had for the past 50 years, given their farmlands to government to setup forest reserves, but the lands were recently being allocated to some individuals within and outside the community. 

This, he said, has led to felling of trees in the forest reserves.

“We tried to stop our LGA officials from inviting the state ministry of Lands and Survey to do the land allocation, but to no avail.

''This was why we called for a peaceful demonstration and four of members as well as our village head were arrested,” he said.

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Ezra told the commissioner that if the felling of trees continues unabated, this might lead to deforestation and erosion.

He told Bounce News that the forest reserve is about 20 to 25 hectares of land.

The commissioner assured the community that the ministry will investigate the matter.

She urged the community to write a petition and forward it to the ministry.

The state government had setup a task force committee saddled with the responsibility of stopping the felling of trees in the state to curb deforestation. 

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