Sterling Bank boosts tree planting in Plateau
As part of its environmental corporate social responsibility, Sterling Bank Plc has planted about 200 fresh ornamental trees in various locations of Jos, the Plateau State Capital.
The areas that benefited from the gesture include; State Internal Revenue Board at the Beach Road and the popular Ahmadu Bello Way.
Flagging off the ceremony, Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong, represented by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs. Linda Barau, commended the initiative of the bank, describing it as worthy of emulation by all.
The governor said that trees played a very significant role in the dynamics of the ecosystem, which includes; source of food for man and other living organisms, providing fuel and replenishing of oxygen level essential to life as well as providing medicines, pharmaceuticals, timber for building, beautifying the environment.
While calling on the citizens to jealously protect the trees, he said government was vehemently opposed to indiscriminate feeling of tree.
Branch Manager of the bank in Jos, Mr. Austin Okwagba, pointed out that the Bank was only showing concerns about global warming and desertification.
In a remark, the Controller of Afforestation Programme in the Ministry of Environment, Mr. Man Steven, thanked Sterling Bank for the laudable initiative.