NIB Donates GH¢66k To Support Kumasi Street Tree Planting Project
The National Investment Bank (NIB) has donated GH¢66,950 to the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) in support of its recently launched Street Tree Planting Project.
The project which involves the planting of trees on the ceremonial streets of the Metropolis from Oduom Roundabout to Asafo Interchange is aimed at restoring the greenery of the city, a feature which earned it the name “The Garden City” of West Africa.
According to the Bank, its desire to beautify Kumasi is in tandem with one of the Core Values of the Bank – “Community” – which is geared towards contributing to society by being active, responsible and generous members of the communities it operates in.
A city which is environmentally friendly, NIB believes would not only enhance the health and wellbeing of our customers in the Metropolis but to a large extent boost business activity.
Receiving the cheque on behalf of the Assembly, Mayor of Kumasi city Osei Assibey Antwi expressed gratitude to NIB for the thoughtful gesture saying “it will enable the assembly successfully execute the Street Planting Project which is one of the Assembly’s flagship programs.
The Assembly has engaged the services of 150 National Service (NSS) persons to embark on a house-to-house sensitization exercise to educate and rally residents behind the project for smooth roll out.”
The Assembly has partnered the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to remodel the city.
This comes on the heels of a feasibility study conducted recently by the university on the city’s vegetation.
According to Hon. Osei Assibey Antwi over Three Thousand (3,000) trees and shrubs have in the past two (2) months been planted in the city as part of a strategy to help improve the environmental aesthetics of Kumasi. He therefore, called on corporate bodies across the country “to emulate the deeds of NIB to assist the Assembly redeem its lost image.”
The Head of Corporate Affairs at NIB Mr. Charles Wordey who presented the Cheque bemoaned the poor attitude of the citizenry in general towards the environment, stating “It is one of the reasons for which Kumasi has lost its pride as the Garden City of West Africa.
He commended the Assembly for taking up the challenge to address the environmental challenges and pledged the Bank’s support to any activity that would help grow businesses.