Reviving Gombe State; The Jewel in the Savannah!!

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Reviving Gombe State; The Jewel in the Savannah!

About many decades ago, The Gombe Emirate was founded in 1804 during the Fulani jihad by Buba Yero, a follower of Usman dan Fodio. Buba Yero made Gombe Aba his headquarters for a campaign against the Jukun settlements of Pindiga and Kalam, followed by extensive raids in which he went as far as Adamawa on the other side of the Benue River. Further lands were subdued by his son, Muhammadu Kwairanga, Emir of Gombe from 1844 to 1882. The Gombe Emirate at one time extended from Gombe Aba to Jalingo, but in 1833 the Muri Emirate was created from part of its territory to form a state for the Emir’s brother.
During the reign of Emir Zailani (1882–1888) a religious zealot, Mallam Jibril Gaini, established himself at Burmi on the border between Gombe and Fika. Gaini managed to hold out for years against the combined forces of Gombe and neighboring Emirates, and was finally defeated and exiled by the British Royal Niger Company in 1902. The British conquered Gombe at the battle of Tongo in 1902. They moved the capital of Gombe to Nafada in 1913, and moved the capital again in 1919 to the present Gombe town. Waja was separated from Gombe in 1930 to become an independent District. However, the Waja headmen chose Sarkin Yaki of Gombe, brother of the former Emir Umaru dan Muhammadu, as their chief.
The people in these communities are once predominantly farmers and herdsmen. In the fall of the kingdoms came civilization, eventually the Nigerian independence and soon military junta. The people of Nigeria enjoyed economic lift and farmers flourished. The nation’s dependency on oil was not as substantial as seen in these present time. In these present time, farmers grow all kinds of crops on the same farmland thereby destroying the soil fertility and crop growth. This was done so as to escape from the clutches of poverty and lack as well as unusual rainy season. The majority of farmers, whose farms were rainfed, as well as well water, are fast losing interest in farming due to constant flooding as a result of climate change, many experience farm produces wastages due to lack of off-takers resulting in food shortage and economy plunge into recession. IIMGC has articulated its approaches with several professional consultants while working with the likes of Mr. Jude Mekwunye, former Director Soil, and Erosion Flood Control Department of Ecological Fund Office (EFO) and a host of other experienced professional research and planning teams. In achieving IIMGC’s long-term development plans, efforts are being made to identify key challenges in addition root cause and financial crisis as well as finding a lasting solution to aforementioned problems.

The following links provide more insight on Gombe State ecological problems:

 IIMGC believes spotting the root of the problem gives more insight and provide a solution. However, looking inwards a better way to develop any community in the world is allowing the community to participate even so in achieving the maximum result it most consists of 3 key substances:

1.    Multiplying effect
2.    Symbiotic relation
3.    Problem Assessment and Analysis (PAA)

 Before we approach a potential project we analyze every given aspect of the objectives, therefore we apply sustainable, measurable, achievable, time and cost effective approach through the following measures:

Questions are raised about every intervention and how we address the community needs. We review, balance, develop projects and interventions through the following assessment analysis:

1.    Is the intervention necessary, if it is will the intervention address the problems?
2.    Does it have a multiplier effect and if it does how it does benefit the community whilst maintaining the set objectives and goal.
3.    Is it sustainable?
5.    Does is require funding/grant making/fundraising and if it does how much of the funds is required?
7.    Who will participate in the interventions?
8.    How is the progress reviewed?
9.    Will the progress reports be constant during projects?
10.  Once the project has started, how often does the monitoring team assess the progression of the project?
11.    Will it have a conclusive and sustainable effect?

There are incidents where farmers have reached a dead end in managing finances, families, properties, farmlands etc and have failed to wriggle out of the debt trap, resulting in them living in abject poverty. It was this grim scenario that prompted the team of Honourable Commissioner for Environment & Forest Resources, Hajia Sa’adatu Sa’ad Mustapha, Alhaji Abubakar Sadauki, Permanent Secretary, Gombe State Ministry of Environment and Forest Resources Mr. Adamu Pukmah to meet with the president Imperative Initiative for Motivation of Global Care (IIMGC) for a sustainable solution to promote Rural Development, Environment and Socio-Economic Boost (RUDESEB), improve farming techniques, provide insight and solution on environmental matters such as gully erosion, desertification, deforestation, drought, climate change, education, health, skill acquisition such as women and youth training and empowerment. In addition to providing an enabling ground to restore Gombe State, The Jewel in the Savannah. Donate for this PROJECT

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