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World Environment Day: Sterling One Foundation, partners clean up Elegushi Beach

Sterling One Foundation and its partners on Saturday converged on Elegushi Beach, Lekki, for a national clean-up to mark the World Environment Day (WED) 2024.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that about 270 people defied the rain to participate at the clean-up aimed at environmental sustainability and the conservation of the ocean.

Speaking at the event, Mrs Olapeju Ibekwe, the Chief Executive Officer, Sterling One Foundation, said the exercise was part of the culture of the foundation and Sterling Bank on environmental sustainability.

Ibekwe noted that beaches are not just scenic spots for relaxation but vital ecosystems that support marine life and contribute to the overall health of the planet.

“Unfortunately, they are also among the most impacted by pollution, with plastic waste and other debris posing severe threats to marine organisms and the environment at large.

“Today, we come together not just to clean a beach but to make a statement. We are declaring our commitment to environmental sustainability and our dedication to preserving the natural beauty of our surroundings

“Each piece of litter we pick up today is a step towards a cleaner, healthier planet.

“As we work together today, let us also remember the importance of spreading awareness about proper waste disposal and the impact of pollution,” she said.

According to her, education and continuous action are key to creating lasting change in the environment.

“We must inspire others in our communities to join us in this effort, making environmental responsibility a part of our everyday lives,” Ibekwe said.

She expressed gratitude to all the volunteers, environmental activists, and organisations who participated in the exercise.

“Your participation and enthusiasm are a testament to the power of collective action. Let us use this momentum to drive more initiatives, foster greater community involvement, and ultimately make a significant impact on our environment.

“Together, we can create a cleaner, more sustainable world for future generations.

“Let this clean-up be a reminder of what we can achieve when we unite for a common cause.
She advised Nigerians to be intentional about personal hygiene to combat the outbreak of cholera in some states in the country.

Also Speaking, Mrs Tari Taylor, the Senior Special Assistance to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Environment, lauded Sterling One Foundation for the clean-up initiative.

Taylor said that Lagos residents are rising up to the ownership of their environment.

She expressed joy in seeing young volunteers in their numbers defying the rain to clean up the beach.

According to her, the initiative resonates with Gov. Sanwo-Olu’s vision of a transformed Lagos.

Mr Samuel Onosanya, Head of Business Retail, Mainland. Sterling Bank, said that the exercise is part of initiatives of the bank in giving back to the environment.

Onosanya said the national clean up would take place in about 20 states of the federation to underscore the importance of the environment. (NAN)

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