Access Bank, ACI Clean-Up Alpha Beach On World Ocean Day

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In commemorating the 2022 World Ocean Day, leading financial giant, Access Bank recently partnered with the African Clean-up Initiative (ACI) to clean up Alpha Beach in Lagos.

The World Ocean Day which is celebrated every June 8 globally is to create more awareness of the impact of human actions on the ocean and to establish a worldwide movement of citizens for the oceans.

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The clean-up for the beach on this year’s World Ocean Day which is themed “Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean,” saw volunteers in their tens defy heavy rain to clean up the beach and advocate for environmental sustainability.

This was made known in a statement signed by Dr. Alex Akhigbe, Chief Executive Officer, ACI, on Monday in Lagos.

In his address, Akhigbe expressed appreciation to stakeholders and Access Bank for working together to ensure that projects like the clean-up exercise reach the most vulnerable communities.

He said: “Rural communities contribute less to environmental pollution but are most at risk of the devastation it causes as it is an unfair reality that is why the work we do with partners like Access Bank is important.

“Local communities need to be enabled to fight this crisis.

“This World Oceans Day is significant in this pursuit; we remain committed to the people, volunteers, and community we serve.”

The CEO expressed gratitude to all partners whose support has proved invaluable to the success of the project such as the Recyclers Association of Nigeria, Lagos Recyclers Association, and Lagos Waste Management Authority.

He also thanked the Alpha Beach community and especially volunteers, who have remained dedicated to environmental sustainability.
A “Green Certificate” was presented to the volunteers for their dedication to contributing to a healthy environment.

The cleanup of the shorelines yielded a total of 384kg of solid waste and 60.2kg of recyclable waste at the end of the exercise.

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