Corporate bodies, especially banks in Rivers State have been urged to commit part of their resources towards the beautification and urban renewal programme of the state as part of their contribution to complement state government efforts.
The Commissioner for Urban Renewal, Barr. Osima Gina gave the charge Saturday at the Isaac Boro Park, Port Harcourt where the First City Monument Bank Plc embarked on a clean up exercise to support the state government’s effort in this regard.
The Urban Renewal Commissioner who commended the effort of FCMB for moving beyond collecting deposits from the government to contributing toward its beautification and urban renewal programme called on other banks and corporate bodies operating in the state to emulate the FCMB example. He re-affirmed the preparedness of his ministry to partner with corporate organisations in ensuring that the programmes of the state government are achieved.
In his remarks, the Rivers State Commissioner for Works, Dakuku Peterside expressed gratitude over FCMB’s commitment toward environmental exercise as part of its social and corporate responsibility.
He encouraged them to continue to flow in line with the vision of the present administration, geared towards restoring the Garden City status of Port Harcourt.
Also speaking, the Executive Chairman, Rivers State Environmental Sanitation Authority (RSESA), Chief Nnamdi Wokekoro who commended the bank for its contribution, said that in order to keep the area permanently clean, a 48-hour ultimatum would be issued to traders operating in the area to ensure clean environment.
Earlier, the FCMB Zonal Head, Mrs.Leticia Igna-Igboko said that the clean-up exercise was part of the banks commitment to “Green Programme” designed to complement the state government efforts towards the beautification and urban renewal programme, adding that the exercise would be sustained on quarterly basis.
The Regional Head/Senior Vice President, South-South, FCMB, Bona Okhaimo, said the choice of the flyover was informed by its dirty nature, noting that the exercise would be extended to primary and secondary schools to assist them imbibe the culture of clean environment.