By Henry Odeh
The Special Assistant To Governor Seyi Makinde On Community Relations, Honorable Femi Josiah has charged private organizations and corporate firms in the state to endeavor to do more than just paying taxes by supporting state government’s efforts to develop the state by way of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
The former lawmaker made this disclosure while speaking with Sunrise Bulletin correspondent in his office yesterday (Wednesday) at the Oyo state secretariat, Ibadan on the need to urge corporate organizations to complement government efforts in its developmental projects.
Hon Josiah said that it is a common practice all over the world to give back to the community where companies and private organizations are situated in form of corporate social responsibility adding that such gesture goes a long way in fostering continuous bond between the community and firms.
He said that projects like potholes, construction of community healthcare centers, community electrification, training and empowerment of unemployed and vulnerable members of host communities in various vocations that would lead to self reliance are areas Oyo based private firms could compliment government efforts.
He stressed that the government alone can not provide absolutely everything for the state noting that the situation is not peculiar to any state adding that the development of every state is a collective responsibility by everyone.
Hon Josiah who was also a former executive chairman of Ibadan North West local government, stated that his experience as a former chairman of a local government has exposed him to certain realities about governance which was why he is an advocate of inclusive participation in government.
He said the present administration under the leadership of governor Makinde has exhibited the highest level of professionalism in the management of the state resources with the way he is deploying scarce resources to achieve so much within such a short period.
He added that it behoves on corporate firms to reciprocate governor Makinde’s efforts in creating an enabling environment for investments and business to thrive by engaging in community based projects that will improve the quality of human life through their corporate social responsibility.
He noted however, that such responsibilities may not be statutory bound on private firms but moral reasoning demands that you give back to the community that made your company.
He stated that plans are already underway to tour the 33 local government areas of the state to interact with various community leaders with a view of generating feedbacks that will help state government make economic plans and projections.