MY BRIEF REMARKS AS SPECIAL GUEST AT THE MTN REGIONAL NOMINATORS APPRECIATION EVENT HELD IN SHERATON HOTEL TODAY BEING 3RD OF OCTOBER, 2019
I really want to appreciate the management of MTN for the decision to live up to its corporate social responsibilities to Nigeria. From my quick research, this initiative of giving back to the society which was launched by MTN in 2015 has impacted positively on about 347 Local Government Areas across the country.
Today, we are here again for the third phase of the initiative where Nigerians will have the opportunity to nominate selected projects in communities to be implemented by MTN Foundation. We sincerely appreciate you.
There is no doubt that Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become one of the standards, ethical framework that an entity, be it an organization or individuals have that obligation to act for the benefit of the society at large. A duty everyone has to perform so as to maintain a balance between the economy and the ecosystems with a view to making positive and healthy impact through their economic environment and social activities.
A careful assessment of social responsibility and sustainability literature point to one conclusive reality that beyond profit maximization, the success or survival of corporate organizations depend on their involvement in actions meant to improve the welfare of their host communities. That path of welfarism that MTN has embraced since 2015 is a noble one worthy of commendation, but like Oliver Twist, Nigerians want more of such benefits.
May I quickly use this opportunity to urge MTN to deepen its contributions towards the economic stability of the country.
This could be achieved through increased percentage of indigenes employment in both lower and higher cadre of the company. Improved staff welfare is another step to ascertain high productivity which could in turn manifest in robust economy.
Finally, I want to reiterate my call on the citizens of both Nigeria and South Africa to exercise calmness in the face of the recent unrest which has led to loss of valuables. Both countries have long history of good diplomatic ties in political, economic and social sectors and we cannot afford to allow disgruntled elements to frustrate it. I urge us to remain calm as our leaders find lasting solution to the unrest.
Thanks for listening.
Senator Yakubu Oseni
3rd October, 2019.