As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), Sterling Bank has mobilised over 500 of its workforce for a routine environmental clean-up exercise executed at Ikeja Roundabout in Lagos and its environs.
The staff, led by the lender’s group head, collections, Jide Sonoiki, were joined by over 50 support staff from the Lagos State Waste Management Agency (LAWMA).
The exercise shows the bank’s support for the state government’s drive to keep the environment clean, Sonoiki said, saying “this is our way of showing that we are part of the environment. And the turnout this morning is impressive and indicative that our staff have bought into this vision of a clean and healthy environment.”
Also, the bank’s business manager, Iyana Ipaja branch, Jolly Enabulele, said besides identifying with the initiative of the state government, it was part of the bank’s CSR, which every staff had keyed into. The clean-up exercise is not restricted to Lagos State alone, but is being replicated in several other states across the country where the lender operates, he said, saying “it is not only in Lagos State that the exercise is going on, our colleagues are doing same in many other states where we have our presence.”
The business manager said the team was, in the course of the exercise, able to clean up the entire Ikeja Rroundabout, the whole of the business areas within the vicinity, filing stations, on top of the bridges, among others.
LAWMA cannot clean up the state alone, but needs the support of corporate organisations and individuals to be able to keep the state clean, he said, noting that “we must encourage people to pick up the idea of cleanliness. By coming out ourselves, bringing our friends and customers to join in cleaning up Lagos, we have demonstrated how serious we are taking the exercise.” In his submission, the bank’s management is pleased with the commitment shown by staff during the exercise. “We are very pleased with their commitment and enthusiasm. As an institution, we have always encouraged our staff in this light. This is just one of the many things we do to support the society,” he said.