Standard Chartered Bank in collaboration with the Department of Forestry recently embarked on a massive tree planting exercise at ‘Bama Kuno’ Forest Park at Kafuta in the West Coast Region.
The Bank also donated to the Department of Forestry over D60, 000 worth cleaning materials.
The move, according to the officials, was part of their contribution to the protection of the country’s forest cover.
At the exercise, Cherno Gaye, the Head of Participatory Forest Management Unit, thanked SCB for their support, saying the Standard Chartered Bank is not only focusing on making profits but that also they have a special interest in the conservation of the country’s environment.
He recognised SCB as the only Bank so far that is participating in the management of the environment in the country. “I think that is worth commending. We also commend them for the materials they have provided us, as well as seedlings and above all, they have come out in their numbers to participate in the exercise”.
Gaye went on to suggest to the community of Kafuta to open an account with SCB, describing the Bank as reliable, safe and convenient.
He revealed that they have a committee that will be responsible for community forests.
Ousman Njie, Head of Retail Banking at SCB, recalled that in 2007 SCB group was one of the signatories in UK that helped to rally and influence decision to push countries to adopt the climate change deal.
Njie added: “If you look at SCB we are supporting the UN Global Goals and one of the global goals is goal 13, which talks about action on the climate and that’s what we are doing here today.”
Ellou Jallow, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Forestry; and Malang Jassey Asst. Director of Forestry both echoed similar sentiments.
by Alhagie Babou Jallow