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Welcome Note

Welcome Note By The Commissioner Ministry Of Environment & Forest Resources

Hussaina Goje, PhD

Ministry of Environment and Forest Resources is one of the 21 ministries under the administration of His Excellency Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, Governor of Gombe State. The ministry is a technical one with four directorates of Environment; Forestry and Wildlife Management; Planning, Research and Statistic; Administration and Finance. The directorates of Environment, and that of Forestry and Wildlife Management take the lead in the implementation of government policies and programs in the state under the ministry. The ministry has an interplay of different professionals for effective service delivery which includes Environmental Health Scientists; Medical Geographers; Experts in Botany, and Forestry; Remote Sensing and GIS among others in a deliberate effort by government to make sure that all its citizens are protected from all form of diseases that are environmentally related. As you are all aware, in this 21st Century about 90% of the diseases been managed/treated at our Hospitals are environmentally related. The services rendered by the ministry are house to house environmental inspection, month end environmental sanitation, middle of the month markets sanitation, daily street cleaning, desilting of drainages and evacuation of waste to government approved dump sites. The ministry also engaged itself in advocacy and environmental education, as well as enforcement of environmental laws that reduces soil, water and atmospheric pollutants that were as a result of the activities of individuals and corporate organizations for improved health and wellbeing of the citizens of Gombe state and the nation at large. The ministry is doing afforestation program through its Gombe Goes Green project which seek to plant 4,000,000.00 trees in four years by planting 1,000,000.00 trees each year in order to address the effect of climate change, and is also working on providing alternative sources of energy to reduce the indiscriminate cutting down of trees. The ministry also initiates and implements all gully erosion control projects on behalf of the government of Gombe state.