ADDRESS BY THE LASCOFED PRESIDENT, CHIEF ORIYOMI AYEOLA, AT THE 2018 JOINT MULTIPURPOSE COOPERATIVE UNION RETREAT HELD 12TH – 15TH JULY, 2018.
I am thankful and grateful to Almighty God for the privilege to join you at this Joint Retreat holding today. I join the Chairman and Presidents of all collaborative Multipurpose Cooperative Unions to welcome you to this Retreat.
I appreciate the collaboration over the years and which still exists among the MCUs organising the retreat. Your common resolve to jointly hold the retreat is in fulfillment of the aspirations of the Board of LASCOFED that MCUs should jointly organize retreats. I want to implore you that your collaborations should not end here; rather, it should extend to having collaborative businesses for the promotion of unity and synergy among MCUs.
The Board of LASCOFED approved “Expanding Cooperative Frontiers” as the theme for the year and should be used by all member-affiliates for all training programmes. Therefore, on behalf of the President-in-Council and Board of LASCOFED, I appreciate the organisers of the retreat for adopting the theme.
The theme was chosen to sensitize cooperative societies and cooperators and initiate action to expand the scope of cooperative operations. It is the passion of the Board of LASCOFED that cooperative societies and cooperators in Lagos State commenced establishment of viable businesses that can contribute meaningfully the economic output of the cooperative society, the economy of Lagos state and improve lives of the cooperators.
Cooperative Movement of Lagos State should be seen at the forefront of establishment of viable cooperative businesses. It is our expectation that by the end of the year, we would realize several cooperative businesses scattered across Lagos State and beyond.
Last year, we launched LASCOFED CONNECT, a pet project aimed at promoting better communication within the Cooperative Movement of Lagos State. I am happy to inform you that the communication scheme is still ongoing and working effectively. I want to implore everyone who has not joined the LASCOFED CONNECT platform to do so for us to have a more unified Cooperative Movement.
Dear cooperative leaders, I want to implore everyone to ensure that they pass on whatever is learnt in the course of this retreat to other members of your various cooperative societies. I advise that you consider the retreat as a train-the-trainer programme.
Thank you for listening and God bless.
Chief Oriyomi Ayeola
13th July, 2018.