ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE LASCOFED PRESIDENT, MR. ORIYOMI AYEOLA, AT THE 2017 IKORODU COOPERATIVE LEADERS RETREAT HELD BETWEEN 18TH – 20TH AUGUST, 2017 AT ADOLAK INTERNATIONAL HOTEL, OSHOGBO, OSUN STATE.
It is with pleasure that I join the President of Ikorodu Multipurpose Cooperative Union, to welcome you to the 2017 Cooperative Leaders’ Retreat.
My dear cooperative leaders, on behalf of the Board of LASCOFED, I want to appreciate you and your cooperatives for the support given to me and LASCOFED during my first term as President of your apex, LAGOS STATE COOPERATIVE FEDERATION. The remarkable successes recorded would not have been possible without you. I am grateful to you all. With your support, I believe that we will record more noteworthy achievements during this second term.
In a bid to promote the cooperative principle of Cooperation among Cooperatives, the Board of LASCOFED established a policy that Multipurpose Cooperative Unions should collaborate to organise retreats, which should be held before the last quarter. I therefore wish to express my displeasure at the leadership of this Union for not complying with the directive of the Board of LASCOFED as this would be the third time the Union is flouting the directive on organizing collaborative retreat.
I want to implore the leadership of the MCU to retreat and comply with the directives of the Board as subsequent non-compliance may attract the Board’s sanction.
This year, the Board of LASCOFED announced “Building and Developing Productive People” as theme for all training programmes to be organized by LASCOFED and its member affiliates. This is in recognition that successful business enterprises are established by visionary people backed with managerial skills, strategic planning and determination to make impact on their societies and organization. It is further expected that affiliate members should conceptualize their training topics from the given theme.
I therefore wish to appreciate the leadership of this Union for embracing the theme in enhancing the effort of the Lagos State Cooperative Movement to have skilled cooperators who would be productive for themselves and their cooperative societies thereby improving the economic output of Lagos State and Nigeria.
Dear cooperators, as a federation, we are passionate about continuously adding value to the lives of cooperators in Lagos State. This year, we have come up with a pet project which will promote better communication within the Lagos State Cooperative Movement. The project is termed LASCOFED CONNECT. LASCOFED CONNECT is a collaboration between LASCOFED and GLOBACOM for a closed-user-group (CUG) plan which has voice, SMS and data facilities for N1,000 monthly rental. I implore you to embrace this communication scheme for us to have a more unified Cooperative Movement.
I also want to reiterate that the LASCOFED INSURANCE SCHEME which was launched at the 2016 LASCOFED Cooperative Leaders’ Conference is now in full operation. You please accord the committee on insurance the maximum cooperation whenever they visit your society.
In conclusion, we should remember that the lectures, lessons, skills and knowledge acquired in the course of this retreat should not end here, but rather evoke action as the Cooperative Movement of Lagos State is awaiting our numerous contributions to better the fortunes of the State.
I wish to end this address with this quote by Shia LaBeouf “There’s a tendency to mistake preparation for productivity. You can prepare all you want, but if you never roll the dice you’ll never be successful.”
Thank you for listening.
19th August, 2017