The Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has emphasized the important role which co-operative movement plays in the socio-economic development of any nation or society. To this end, he has promised to pay up all outstanding deductions made from the workers’ salaries.
Gov. Amosun who made this declaration in Abeokuta, at the celebration of International day of co-operatives, with the theme “Inclusion”, he also disclosed that a sum of 25million naira revolving loan with 7 percent interest rate has been released to Ogun state co-operative federation limited (OGSCOFED) to boost their activities.
He said these gestures was part of concerted efforts to strengthen operations of co-operative societies in the state and make them perform expected roles in national development.
“This loan will further enhance the lending capacity of all co-operative societies in our dear state, while impacting positively on the social economic development of not only Ogun state but also the people of the state as well” Amosun said.
He also pledged that his administration would continue to provide the necessary ambience for all segment of the society to flourish, underscoring the need for all groups and individual to show understanding and support to the policies and programmes of government in order to jointly take the state to a greater height.
In his welcome address, the commissioner for community development and cooperatives, Hon. Gbenga Adenmosun, said the cooperative body have contributed immensely to the economic value of the state by means of various business investments and affiliations.
“The theme for this for this year’s celebration “inclusion” is very apt as it seeks to re-emphasized the principle of one man vote and democratic member control inherent in managing the cooperative affairs.
The commissioner lauded the governor for his uniting support towards the growth of the co-operative movement in the state, adding that people who have not joined any co-operative society should do so as they stand to benefit immensely from the unions.
Also speaking at the event, President of the Ogun State co-operative Federation limited (OGSCOFED), Alhaji Abdulrasaq Ola-Balogun, said the theme for the co-operative day “inclusion” was carefully chosen to offer the possibility for co-operatives to pursue initiatives towards the implementation of the sustainable development goals within the co-operative societies and the state in general.
He implored members of the society to tap into the opportunities provided for the co-operative members and be actively involved in their activities so as benefit tremendous in their various unions.