The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said it will continue to create enabling environment for cooperative societies to thrive and develop effective partnerships in order to attain their respective goals.
The Honourable Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Dr. Lola Akande, spoke at a press briefing organised by the State Government to commemorate the 2022 International Day of Cooperatives (IDC) in Alausa, Lagos.
Mrs. Akande recognised the significance of Cooperative Societies as associations and enterprises through which citizens could effectively improve their lives while contributing to the economic, social, cultural and political advancement of their communities, States and Nations.
According to her, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration will provide and sustain an enabling environment for the development of cooperative movements because a robust partnership between the Lagos State Government and Cooperative Movement is germane to the growth of the sector.
Revealing that Lagos plans to celebrate this year’s International Day of Cooperatives (IDC) with week-long activities starting from Tuesday, 19th to Sunday, 24th July, 2022, the Commissioner said the occasion provides an opportunity to educate the public on issues of concern, mobilise political will and resources to address global problems, as well as celebrate and reinforce the achievements of humanity.
She said this year’s theme: “Cooperatives: Build a Better World”, is about a human-centred business model, which is an innovative sustainable business ecosystem that provides tools and inputs to the private sector, public authority and consumers when developing new businesses.
Akande disclosed further that activities lined up to mark the week-long event include the commissioning of the Community Water Borehole project in Alimosho, Ogba and Agege on Thursday, July 21; Jumaat Service at the Alausa Central Mosque on Friday from 1.00 pm and sporting events scheduled for the same day.
“Others include School Cooperative Club Debate, Panel Discussion, virtual commissioning of other community projects, raffle draw, luncheon/merit awards ceremony and Thanksgiving Service at The Chapel of Christ the Light, Alausa at 10.00 am on Sunday”, she added.
The Commissioner revealed that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu would be the Special Guest of Honour at the event.