“Governor Inuwa Empowers Communities: Issues Compensation Checks in Landmark Gully Erosion Project”
Gombe State, January 30, 2024 – In a groundbreaking move, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has handed out compensation cheques to 343 property owners affected by the extensive gully erosion control project in the suburbs of Gombe metropolis.
Partnering with the World Bank-assisted Agro-Climate Resilience in Semi Arid Landscape (ACReSAl), the state government allocated over 12 billion naira to address a 21-kilometer gully erosion, safeguarding communities including Federal College of Education (Tech) Gombe, Railway, London Mai Dorawa, Malam Inna, Wuro Ledde, Wuro Kesa, and Arawa quarters.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya expressed the administration’s commitment to the well-being of affected individuals, stating, “Our duty is to ensure that those affected are adequately compensated to enable them to relocate with ease.” A total of N389,740,014m has been allocated for compensation, recognizing the changing market values of land and assets. The governor emphasized the administration’s dedication to environmental protection and praised the resilience of affected households.
The Commissioner for Water, Environment, and Forest Resources, Alh. Muhammadu Sa’idu Fawu, outlined the compensation distribution, covering 226 fully affected residences, 317 partially affected residences, and 165 economic trees. Notable figures, including Hon. Barnabas Malle, Hon Ali Baba Manu, and district heads, commended Governor Inuwa’s generosity, urging continued support for the administration.
The ACReSaL Coordinator, Sani Adamu Jauro, lauded the governor’s people-centric approach and presented 13 prizes won by Gombe ACReSaL at the federal level, acknowledging their outstanding achievements in project management and implementation. Jauro urged beneficiary communities to take ownership of the project and actively support its successful implementation.