By Ugonne Uzoma
A Bill for the establishment of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Commission in Imo was read for the second time at the Imo House of Assembly on Wednesday.
The bill was sponsored by the member representing Owerri North state constituency, Mr Philip Ejiogu (PDP).
The three part bill seeks to create a standard for social responsibility of corporate organisations in the state in line with international standards.
Presenting the bill, Ejiogu stated that the conduct of corporate Organisations operating in the state needed to be regulated to avoid short-changing host communities or sponsoring volatility.
The lawmaker cited the various failures recorded in oil rich host communities where operating companies failed to abide by agreements reached with their host communities.
According to him, the bill will regulate the activities of Imo based corporate organisations for the benefit of the state and its people.
He added that it would also integrate CSR in Imo trade policies while representing and respecting the rules of the World Trade Organisation.
Ejiogu said it would be achieved without creating unjustified trade barriers by seeking to introduce provisional or bilateral regional agreements.
The lawmaker added that the commission would be self sufficient and as such would not require funding from the state government.
Supporting the bill, Mr Okechukwu Onyekamma (PDP Mbaitoli) said the bill would collate, implement and enforce the civic duties of businesses in the state.
Onyekamma added that it would also open up new avenues for revenue generation in the state if passed into Law.
Also, Mr Obinna Okwara (APC Nkwerre) said the bill if passed would help reduce the burden of providing for the development needs of the people from the government.
Okwara added that it would bring about speedy development in the areas where such corporate organisations were sited.
The Speaker, Mr Paul Emeziem committed the bill to the standing committee on Youths and Social Development.
The speaker directed the committee, chaired by the Deputy Speaker, Mr Amarachui Iwuanyanwu, to report back to the house on July 7, 2021. (NAN)