The Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola has commended Sterling Bank Plc for its contribution to clean environment through the provision of necessary incentives to checkmate environmental challenges.
The governor who made the commendation while receiving reflective coveralls donated by the bank for use by members of the Osun Waste Management Authority (OWMA) in Oshogbo noted that the coverall would protect the highway managers against occupational hazards which they face in the discharge of their responsibilities on a daily basis.
“By this donation, Sterling Bank has demonstrated its commitment to environmental sustainability. These coveralls without any doubt will make the Highway Managers visible from afar and prevent the incidents of motorists running into them. It will provide safety against occupational hazards and also give them a sense of dignity as opposed to appearing improperly dressed and unkempt and elevate their status as they see themselves as very relevant to the society through the service they provide,” he was quoted to have said.
While reaffirming his administration’s readiness to maintain a top position among its peers at championing good environmental sanitation, the governor identified environmental challenges as part of the reasons his administration took aggressive steps towards waste management and sanitation in the state.
To kick start the process, he said his government came up with a 90-day emergency declaration on sanitation and zero tolerance for filth culminating in the launch of the O’Clean plus initiatives which had contributed significantly in the reduction of sanitation related diseases, adding that other corporate organisations should emulate the Bank in ensuring a clean environment.
Earlier, the Executive Director, Sterling Bank Plc, Mr. Lanre Adesanya, said the presentation of coveralls was in line with the bank’s strategic focus on the environment as one of its corporate’s social responsibility priorities. He added that the bank was already in partnership with other states such as Enugu, Kaduna, Rivers, Delta, Abia, Ogun and Lagos states.
“At Sterling Bank, environmental cleanliness is one of the cardinal points of our Corporate Social Responsibility thrust that informs the bank’s continued commitment of enormous resources towards ensuring that the environment where we live is habitable,” he said.