As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) focus on the environment and in support of the federal government’s plan to sustain the environment while reducing desertification, Sterling Bank has concluded plans to carry out tree planting exercises in three states in Northern Nigeria.
Nigeria is faced with rapid desert encroachment affecting fifteen northern states all with varying levels of severity. As such, this initiative became imperative as one of the solutions to cushion the effects of desertification. This is also in line with the United Nation’s Sustainable Developmental Goals for environmental preservation, and a way of challenging other private institutions to support the initiative.
According to a statement from Sterling Bank, the Executive Governors of the three states – Plateau, Bauchi and Gombe have confirmed participation at the events and the novel occasion will hold tomorrow in Jos and Wednesday in Bauchi respectively.
The bank in a statement signed by its Group Head, Strategy and Communications, Mr. Shina Atilola emphasised the need for the private sector to support the government at all levels to checkmate the rising challenges posed by desertification in the country. “Desertification has done a lot of damage to the local communities as it has made farming impossible in the affected areas leading to food shortage and rising cost of food items. Without food and water, it becomes harder for people to thrive,” he added.
The Sterling Bank Chief Strategist, who disclosed that research has shown that tree planting is the most viable solution to stemming the tide of desertification, reiterated the need to increase awareness on the scourge at local, national and global levels especially as “the challenge remains a significant global ecological and environmental problem that must be checkmated.”