THE Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Fidelity Bank, Nnamdi Okonkwo has restated the need for increased collaboration among private sector entities in activities tailored objectively to safeguard the environment for future generations.
Speaking at the 2017 edition of the annual Walk for Nature (WFN) event held in Marina, Lagos, Okonkwo disclosed that Fidelity Bank Plc is collaborating with Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) and Lagos State Government (LASG) to promote environmental conservation and sustainable development in Nigeria.
The 2017 event, themed “Cleaner Lagos: The foundation for sustainable ecotourism,” is designed to create awareness amongst the Nigerian populace about Wildlife Conservation and Good Environmental Practices.
The MD/CEO who was represented by the Bank’s Head, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) & Sustainability, Chris Nnakwe stated: “As a Bank, we understand that there is a need to protect the environment in order to secure a healthy and prosperous future for our customers.”
On the rationale behind the partnership with NCF, Nnakwe explained that the Bank is “committed to sustainable practices that not only help to improve the quality of life of the populace but guarantees the preservation of the environment and the social and cultural values of the communities.
A five kilometer walk, which was a display of raw passion and love for the environment, brought together individuals from all walks of life, with the desire of building and sustaining a more lasting union to safeguard the environment. The “Walk for Nature” is an annual programme of the NCF designed to create awareness among the people about Nature Conservation and Good Environmental Practices in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Commissioner for Environment, Samuel Babatunde Adejare, called on Nigerians to cultivate and imbibe good environmental practices for nature conservation and sustainable environmental management.