NMB Bank has come up with an innovative way of conserving the environment among primary and secondary schools by rewarding money to those who manage to plant and protect 2,000 trees.
The bank, one of the leading lenders in the country, said already some 181 schools have registered in the programme and the winning ones will be awarded up to 50m/-.
NMB Chief of Retail Banking Mr Filbert Mponzi said they have set aside some 400m/- for the interschool competition for those planting and protecting trees in their compound or in surrounding areas.
“There will be different prizes to be awarded to first, second and third winners and every participating school as a way of motivating sustainable environmental protection,” Mr Mponzi said yesterday, during an exercise to plant 1,000 trees along Rapid Bus Transit (BRT) Agency corridor.
The schools are required to plant trees at their compounds or to public service areas, especially those under the Local Government Authorities (LGAs)—hospitals, courts, and the like.
He said the interschool challenge is done in collaboration with the Tanzania Forest Service Agency (TFS).
The aim is to make Tanzania greener by planting one million trees this year, as part of the bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and creating a culture of conserving the environment among young ones.
The tree planting along BRT corridor is aimed at reverting carbon emissions and promoting shades to support green mobility within Dar es Salaam city.
DART Advisory Board Chairperson, Dr Florens Turuka, assured NMB that all planted trees on the agency’s corridor will be taken care of.
“This is an eye-opening and hence, we welcome such initiative to all current and planned BRT infrastructures as it is been directed by the government to plant trees for sustainable environmental conservation,” he insisted