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SCB, NEA clean Bakau beach, fish market

Oct 20, 2015, 10:49 AM | Article By: Adama K. Jallow

Standard Chartered Bank teamed up with the National Environment Agency (NEA) on Saturday to clean the Bakau fish market, and the nearby beach .

The bank used the exercise to raise awareness on the importance of protecting life below water and the UN Millennium Development Goals.

As part of the day’s exercise, the bank also donated cleansing materials such as rakes, wheelbarrows, forks and spades worth more than D40,000 to the NEA, meant for the use of local communities.

The United Nations has set 17 ambitious goals that 193 leaders from around the world have signed up to at the UN Assembly on 25th September 2015.

These are the Sustainable Development Goals aimed at ending extreme poverty, fighting inequalities and tackling climate change for everyone by 2030.

SCB Chief Executive Officer Albert Saltson said one of their main objectives in cleaning the beach is not only because of hygiene, but also to raise awareness about the importance of clean potable water for everyone in the country.

Muhammed Jallom Jabang, NEA senior programme officer for environmental quality, said SCB has for long been supportive to the agency, as part of the bank’s corporate social responsibility.

He said cleansing the beach contributes significantly to the development of the tourism industry, particularly now that the tourist season has started.

SCB corporate affairs officer, Olimatou Danel Faal, said to have a clean environment makes work easy for everybody.

About the donation of the cleansing materials, she said it was to complement the government’s efforts in maintaining a healthy and clean environment.

The councilor for Old Bakau Cape Point ward, Abdoulie M. Jallow, hailed the bank for supporting efforts to keep the environment healthy and clean.