STERLING bank is partnering the government of Abia State on environmental sanitation. The bank through its “Sterling Environmental Makeover” (#STEM) series recently embarked on a national cleaning exercise and also presented reflective kits to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, street sweepers and highway managers.
The bank, according to a statement, had cleaned major markets, highways, streets and motor parks among others in several states of the federation. The exercise, which is one of the corporate social responsibility, CSR, initiatives of the bank focuses on environmental sustainability and aims to promote a clean environment and good health among Nigerians.
The bank in a statement highlighted that arrangements were made in partnership with the waste management authorities in the various states for the exercise. The bank has won various awards for its environmental sustainability initiatives. Apart from Lagos where the exercise held in two locations on the Island and Mainland, other locations where the exercise ran simultaneously were Aba, Abuja, Ibadan, Kano, Kaduna, Owerri, Oshogbo, Port Harcourt and Uyo.
The bank explained that it came up with the exercise in 2013 in furtherance of its core purpose of enriching lives. The bank assured that it would continually engage in initiatives that promote a healthy environment especially those that align with the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs. It has executed this commitment over the years through its renowned partnership with various waste management agencies.
“What we are doing is all about making impact that positively alters our environment and society for good. We want to keep on doing the small things while we plan the big audacious ones. Each time you reach out to a child, mentor a troubled teen or join street sweepers to clean the street, you are part of an unstoppable force to make our world a better place and that is what we want to achieve with this exercise.”
The bank in the last five years had on a yearly basis, donated thousands of reflective kits to Lagos State Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, for street sweepers and highway managers in Lagos. Other states that have since come on board in the waste management partnerships include Delta, Kaduna, Ogun, Ekiti and Enugu.
— Feb 29, 2016 @ 01:00 GMT