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Union Bank Advocates for Environmental Restoration; Commemorates World Environment Day
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Union Bank Advocates for Environmental Restoration; Commemorates World Environment Day

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As one of Nigeria’s foremost financial institutions, Union Bank has consistently stood at the forefront of environmental advocacy and sustainability initiatives. In commemoration of this year’s World Environment Day, the bank has once again reaffirmed its commitment to preserving and restoring the global habitat through its steadfast dedication to sustainable practices.

 

The bank’s environmental stewardship was on full display during a recent event organised in partnership with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF). Held on June 5th, 2024, at the Lekki Conservation Centre in Lagos State, the program brought together a diverse array of stakeholders, including environmental rights activists, international partner agencies, corporate institutions, government agencies, and students from select secondary schools. The event provided a forum for discussion and participation in activities commemorating this year’s World Environment Day.

 

One of the day’s main events was a tree-planting exercise that involved all of the participants and stakeholder representatives. This activity was in line with the theme of this year’s celebration, “Land Restoration, Desertification, and Drought Resilience,” which emphasised the urgent need to rejuvenate and revitalise land devastated by deforestation, erosion, and desertification, both globally and in Nigeria.

 

Patricia Iwhewhe, Union Bank’s Head of Citizenship and Sustainability, spoke eloquently about the importance of protecting the environment. “Land degradation and erosion are not issues that stakeholders and policymakers can afford to ignore or minimize,” she said. “We must all work together to restore and reclaim parts of our environment that have been severely impacted by deforestation and desertification. Union Bank, as a sustainability champion committed to the preservation of our dear planet, appreciates and recognises the responsibility we have as humanity to look after our environment. We will continue to support and participate in programs dedicated to protecting and enriching our precious habitat.”

 

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), a long-standing partner of Union Bank, has been instrumental in these efforts. Through its tireless advocacy and on-the-ground initiatives over the decades, NCF has positively influenced Nigeria’s environmental policy and played a pivotal role in improving the quality of life for present and future generations. Union Bank has proudly stood alongside NCF, committed to being a dependable ally in the noble cause of environmental preservation.

 

Union Bank’s unwavering commitment to environmental stewardship is evident in its diverse range of projects and interventions. From supporting sustainable agricultural practices to investing in renewable energy solutions, the bank has consistently demonstrated its dedication to bequeathing a safer, healthier, and more sustainable environment for all. These tangible contributions serve as a beacon of hope, inspiring a brighter and more sustainable future for Nigeria and beyond.

 

As the world commemorates World Environment Day, Union Bank’s steadfast advocacy and action in the realm of environmental restoration and preservation stand as a testament to its visionary leadership and sense of responsibility towards our shared planet. Through continued collaboration with key stakeholders and the steadfast implementation of impactful initiatives, Union Bank remains steadfast in its mission to safeguard the future of our environment and the well-being of generations to come.

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