Cooperative societies tasked on regular seminars
By Fatima Muraina
Cooperative societies have been urged to organise regular seminars to improve their performances.
The Special Adviser to Ondo State Governor on Commerce, Industries and services, Mr Tunji Ifabiyi, gave the advice while declaring open a one-day seminar for conventional cooperative societies in Akure, the state capital.
Ifabiyi, who was represented at the occasion by Mr Segun Ayodeji, said such regular seminars would help address fraudulent practices which could sink them.
He said cooperative education and training were vital principle enunciated by the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) for sustainable cooperative development throughout the world.
He stated that there was provision for education fund in line with ICA’s generally accepted principle to ensure capacity building .
He said the theme of the seminar: “Enhancing Cooperative Enterprise through Effective Management” was aimed at repositioning the cooperative sector in line with the government’s policy of developing participatory cooperative institutions for sustainable socio-economic development in the state.
In his welcome speech, the President of the State Cooperative Federation (ODSCOFED), Mr Michael Olowoyeye, appealed to government to approve the various requests of the cooperators for the upliftment of their operations.
Among the request were the release of the cooperative house which he said was the only federation house in the state, the commencement of a cooperative college and approval of some grants for cooperative federation for better operations.
He called on the participants to replicate what they learnt at the seminar to their members for easy management of their Cooperatives.
A participant cooperator, Mrs Kemisola George, advised executives of cooperative services to be transparent to make the society a better one for all to benefit.