NNPC foundation marks environment day with tree planting

The management of NNPC Foundation Ltd/Gte, Tuesday, planted 70 economic trees in the premises of Federal Government Girls College in Benin City, Edo state capital.

Managing Director of the Foundation, Mrs. Emmanuella Arukwe, said the initiative is aimed at commemorating the World Environment Day which has as its theme: “Land Restoration, Desertification and Drought Resilience.”

The MD was represented by the deputy manager, Education and Health care Programmes, Mrs. Goodnews Willie, at the event.

She said: “As a recently transited private company, NNPC Ltd is positioned to align with global best practice in the energy industry and committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”

Arukwe called for “collective affirmative action to take responsibility for the survival of our immediate environment that will bring about positive spiral effects to the global habitat.”

She stated that the foundation’s mission was to support environmental sustainability through impactful initiative such as reforestation, conservation and education.

She said: “NNPC Foundation was established as the social arm of NNPC Ltd to be the connect between the stakeholders, who are the over 200 million Nigerians, and the company, through the execution of impactful CSR initiatives.

“One of the key focus areas of NNPC Foundation is to undertake impactful initiatives on environment, and in commemoration of the World Environment Day.

“We have lined up strategic programmes such as tree Planting campaigns in schools and quizzes competitions to sensitise the citizenry on environmental preservation.”

On her part, the principal of FGGC, Benin, Mrs. Aghedo Osariemen, commended the management of NNPC Ltd/Gte Foundation for chosing the school as one of its locations for the tree planting campaign initiative.