The Lagos State environment regulators have lauded Ecobank Nigeria?s various initiatives towards sustainable and safer environment in the state.
The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) and Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) affirmed that Ecobank?s deliberate policy to rid the state of non-biodegradable materials, such as plastic bottles and used beverage cans would go a long way in protecting the environment and promoting a cleaner Lagos.
The two agencies pledged their support to the bank for the initiative.
During the launch of Ecobank ?Operation 150,000 bottles and cans? in Lagos, LASEPA General Manager, Adebola Shabi, praised Ecobank for being a socially responsible organisation.
Shabi, represented by the Chief Scientific Officer, Mrs Sedoten Agosa-Anikwe, said: ?This pick and pay?policy of Ecobank, which involves paying people to pick used plastic bottles and cans from Lagos streets would not only empower the unemployed youths but also check the recurring flooding in the state.
?This is an organisation that is thinking out of the box. A bank that is effectively contributing to the society where it operates. A responsible and caring corporate citizen. We salute Ecobank.?
Similarly, LAWMA Assistant General Manager, Special Services, Jide Onayiga, called on all corporate stakeholders in Lagos to take cue from Ecobank by partnering the state government to ensure a cleaner Lagos.
He reiterated the Ambode administration?s commitment to a sustainable environment through the recent signing the Environmental Management and Protection Bill into law.
Ecobank?s Corporate Banking Executive Director, Akin Dada, explained that the bank had set aside a sustainability campaign week as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) to give back and ensure a safer community where it operates.
According to Dada, ??Ecobank is a brand that is committed to sustaining the environment for all. This is part of the universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.?