President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Federal Government contractors to give back to society through Corporate Social Responsibility.
Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the president, Garba Shehu, in a statement said Buhari gave the advise when he visited the Emir of Daura, Dr Umar Faruk Umar, at his Palace, in Daura, Katsina.
“We don’t want cheques from anyone or organisation as returns or influence of any kind. Let them remember their Corporate Social Responsibilities to the host communities where they operate from,” Shehu quoted the president as saying.
He added, ‘We are known for farming and I have my farm here. I could come every two weeks and no one can stop me. But the cost to the movement is high.
“I would appreciate it better if organisations through CSR help communities build schools, clinics, hospitals and carry out meaningful projects that will empower individuals.
“Some organisations operate here, make their profit here but have never for once taken part in CSR. So we urge all well meaning individuals and businesses to take part in CSR project
Buhari said Nigeria has been kept together by the Grace of God despite cultural differences that have led to different forms of conflict.
“We want to thank God always for keeping us together as a country. From January 15, 1966, the country was thrown into political crisis. We had a 30 months civil war that resulted in the loss of about a million lives. We still thank God for keeping us together. We remain grateful to all those who showed interest in our unity and progress. May God continue to bless them,” he added.
The Emir also conferred the title of Talban Daura on Yusuf Buhari, the son of President Buhari and announced a date for the turbaning ceremony of the President’s son.