The Governor of Gombe State, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, has said that his administration would partner the Association of Nigerian Geographers (ANG) on research and sustainable landscape management in the state.
The Governor made this known on Monday while declaring the Northeast Zone Conference of the ANG open at the Gombe State University.
The conference is expected to last from Monday to Thursday.
Governor Yahaya was represented by the State Project Coordinator of the Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL), Amb. Sani Adamu Jauro.
The Governor charged the participants who comprised of researchers, scholars, policymakers and students, to have high-level discussion aimed at providing solutions to environmental and climate-related issues.
He also intimated the participants on the Gombe Goes Green (3G Project) initiated by his administration to address some of the pressing ecological challenges in the state.
He added that the target was also to combat land degradation, desertification, erosion and loss of soil nutrients.
"Today, we are proud to say that we have recorded huge achievements in that regard.
"We have planted over 3 million assorted trees across the state through massive afforestation and generated 27,000 job opportunities for thousands of our erstwhile idle youths.
"The 20-hectare woodlot plantations established in each of the 11 local government areas have now become matured forests providing cover for the soil to prevent erosion," the Governor said.
Governor Yahaya further reiterated his administration's commitment to creating a good environment as the economic hub in the Northeast.
"Under the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project – NEWMAP, we carried out Geographic Information System (GIS) studies and mapping of the entire state which could be institutionalized to facilitate research and development.
"We also controlled the 7.5km Gombe State University gully system and established eleven plant nurseries, six shelterbelts, and roadside plantations in the eleven local government councils of the state.
"Currently, we have, under the Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes – ACReSAL recovered 21 hectares of degraded land and planted 8,645 assorted seedlings across the state.
"We have also established 6 plant nurseries across the state," he added.