Heritage Bank Plc, has aligned forces with Cross River State and Senator Florence ItaGiwa-led Seagull Band to educate the people on climate change.
The event, which held in Lagos recently was put together by Seagull Band, at a symposium titled â€˜An evening of lecture and stage presentation of the Seagull winning theme of the 2016 Carnival Calabar,â€™ edition which dwelt extensively on climate change and the need for an affirmative action to manage the environment on a sustainable basis.
Speaking at the programme, Managing Director/Chief Executive of Heritage Bank, Mr. Ifie Sekibo said the bank collaborated with the state government because it believed so much in making the lives of mankind better by preserving it today so that it could transfer it to future generations.
He also explained that the bank developed interest in the alignment because the cause conforms to the Central Bank of Nigeriaâ€™s regulation on Sustainability Banking.
Represented at the occasion by the bankâ€™s Head, Sustainability Banking, Chioma Obiakor, Sekibo said that Heritage Bank always operates in tune with the standard set by the apex bank for operators in the sector.
â€œWe have set up a framework within Heritage Bank which helps us to work with the CBNâ€™s principles for sustainability banking.
â€œWe are very much interested in collaboration with any corporate organisation that shares the vision of safety of environment and its sustainability with us.â€
The Chief Executive Officer observed that â€œif we destroy the environment, we will pay for it,â€ adding that there is need to prevent what is happening in Benue State where several thousands of people had been displaced by floods.
He said the bank was very happy to collaborate with the Cross River State Government for putting together the platform.
The Deputy Governor of Cross River State, Professor Ivara Esu, used the occasion to invite all the participants at the symposium to the 2017 edition of Carnival Calabar.