Lagos - Lagos - Thirty Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of Nigerian companies have pledged their commitment to boost government's effort in expanding the economy and social welfare of the citizenry.
The CEOs made the pledge at a dinner hosted by Shell Petroleum Development Company in Lagos.
Their commitments when operational will inject about $350 million (about N56.82 billion) fresh development funds into the economy.
The CEOs, who identified themselves as "Transformer in Lagos'', said that their aim remained a coordinated Organised Private Sector (OPS) investment in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
They also identified their areas of concerns as skills-based education, energy, health and stimulation of sustainable creativity.
According to the convener, Mutiu Sunmonu, the aim of mobilising the CEOs is to create a new platform for urgent and practical intervention of Corporate Nigeria in the socio-economic transformation of the nation.
Sunmonu, who is the Managing Director, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), said the platform would harmonise the CSR actions to meet the demands of Nigerians toward sustainable development and self-reliance.
"Over the years, I have stopped talking about Shell's commitment of about $250 million every year in CSR.
“For me, and I know most of you feel the same way, it seems people are not listening or that we are not communicating.
"So, the urge for us to come together and develop new approach for intervention,'' said Sunmonu who is also the Country Chairman, Shell Companies in Nigeria.
"It is how we can actually get synergy on some of the things we do to promote the agenda of the Council of Sustainable Business Development in Nigeria.
"I want it to be the beginning of a foundation of a transformation.
"Transformation that is going to be led by business, transformation that all of us will hand over to generations yet unborn.''
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