By Jude Njoku
First City Monument Bank FCMB Plc, in collaboration with the Isolo Local Council Development Area, has inaugurated a special Climate Change Unit and Green Brigade in the area.
Speaking at the ceremony, FCMB’s Executive Director, Mr.Olufemi Bakre said the immediate and future dangers posed by climate change, informed the decision of the bank to partner with Isolo LCDA towards the realisation of the laudable objectives of establishing a Climate Change Unit and inaugurating a Special Green Brigade”.
“We believe that these would go a long way to adequately enlighten and educate the public on environmental and waste management issues so as to combat these problems,” he said.
To practically demonstrate FCMB’s commitment to these initiatives, staff of the bank on April 9, 2013 turned out en-mass to clean Aswani Market and its environs. This exercise, which will the bank said would be extended to other markets and areas in Lagos, is under the auspices of the bank’s “Committed to Green” (C2G) initiative. “Committed to Green” (C2G) has since 2009, become another platform FCMB uses to express its deep interest in environmental sustainability in all its host communities nationwide.
Chairman of Isolo LCDA, Mr. Shamsedeen Abiodun Olaleye who described the LCDA as one of the few in the country that has embraced climate change, explained that the inauguration of the Climate Change Unit and Green Brigade would facilitate the Council’s alignment with the global green movement. He informed the gathering that in a bid to ensure a flood-free rainy season, the Council has assisted 89 streets in the area to clear their drainage channels.
Olaleye noted that due to the impact of climate change and global warming, “it has become necessary for the LCDA to inaugurate a unit which will assist the public in both mitigating and adapting to the threat of Climate Change”. The unit, he said, will work towards emission reduction, with the initial priority on waste management and sanitation.
Mr. Olaleye disclosed that the 25- member Committed to Green (C 2 G) Brigade will be deployed to to enforce cleanliness in all the markets in the council. Noting that a market is not a place to pick filthy things, the Council boss said the brigade “will serve as an army of occupation to enforce cleanliness”.
The special Green Brigade will also ensure that members of the public are adequately sensitised on environmental sanitation and waste management. Members of the brigade who were selected from about 1,000 unemployed youths who applied for the job, would be paid directly by FCMB for the next two years.