Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi
As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), Sterling Bank Nigeria has launched a tree-planting campaign exercise to stimulate public response towards protecting the environment.
Towards this end, the Bank has begun the planting of 300 trees across the streets of Bauchi metropolis in a move aimed at promoting the culture of preserving the environment and also tackling climate change.
This initiative was undertaken by the bank in addition to several trucks of food items and materials worth over N13 million which the bank donated to victims of insurgency in the North-east.
Speaking to journalists in Bauchi at a roundtable in Wikki Hotel, Bauchi recently, the North East Business Executive of Sterling Bank, Alhaji Abbas Yarima said the problem of environmental degradation is a phenomenon that should concern everyone; hence the resolve of the Bank to embark on the tree planting campaign.
He opined that, while government is expected to mount a sustainable media campaign against environmental degradation, Sterling Bank will continue with its tree planting campaign in various states, with that of Plateau and Bauchi states already launched.
According to him, “The Tree planting exercise is under the Bank’s Environmental Makeover Initiative Programme designed by the bank towards addressing numerous environmental challenges associated with the promoting the culture of protecting and preserving the natural environment from degradation and other forms of hazards.
“As part of the bank’s corporate social responsibilities to the public, the tree planting campaign initiative, which has brought us to Bauchi today where 300 trees will be planted across the streets of Bauchi metropolis, the exercise will also be extended to other parts of the state in due course. We are using the exercise to promote the culture of preserving the environment,” he added.
On his part, the Bauchi state Commissioner for Environment, Mines and Solid Minerals, Dr. Abdu Gani Bogoro who applauded the effort of Sterling Bank for taking up the campaign of preserving the environment, assured the officials of the state government’s readiness to partner those groups and individuals that can complement government’s efforts towards providing sustainable development.
Meanwhile, the North East Business Executive of Sterling Bank, Alhaji Abbas Yarima, who led the Bauchi state commissioner for Environment, Mines and Solid Minerals, Dr. Bogoro and other personalities on a tree planting exercise along Yakubun Bauchi road said the initiative was part of the Bank’s corporate social responsibilities which will be extended to other parts of the country.
Tree planting has been identified as a viable way of fighting climate change and desert encroachment, where the trees provide both wind breaks and also ensure the green environment is sustained by various stakeholders in the country.