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Stakeholders seek CSR blueprint for public, private sectors to engender growth


To ensure growth and refocus public and private sectors involvement in corporate social responsibility (CSR), for best practices, participants at a workshop in Lagos, have stressed the need for a blueprint to guide stakeholders in the delivery of social welfare to the people.

Speaking at the 2018 Public Relations Forum/Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards and Exhibition, the convener and Vice President, Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Yeye Adenike Shobajo, underscored the importance of coming up with a blueprint to guide CSR practices in the two sectors. Shobajo, who spoke on the theme: The nexus between Public and Private sectors involvement in corporate social responsibility, pointed out that such a blueprint would help the government, and also serve as a policy paper for the private sector.

She said this will also help the country transform into an egalitarian society that is responsive to the need of the people. Shobajo explained that transforming the country into such a society would ensure elected leaders are held accountable and pursue citizens aspirations rather than their own agenda.
Also speaking at the event organised by AS+A Communications at the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, a former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, identified public-private cooperation as crucial to nation building.

Stressing that this is important for economic development, Obi also urged Nigerians to start asking questions from their elected representatives, and demand for accountability.He noted that when discussing CSR, Nigerians should start asking themselves questions and differentiate between right and wrong.
Obi said if the elected representatives are not doing the right thing, citizens have the right to tell them to go away.

The Lagos Resident Commissioner, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr. Sam Olumekun, looked at CSR from the point of view of its impact on election. He said the business community could use their influence in advocacy for peaceful elections, and also assist in the area of votersí education through CSR.

This year, the forum presented corporate merit award to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA); Toyota Nigeria Limited; and Sterling Bank Plc. While the Consulates, Embassy of Benin Republic, Ghana High Commission, and South African High Commission, were in the diplomatic corps merit award category among others.

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