ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE LASCOFED PRESIDENT, HIGH CHIEF ORIYOMI AYEOLA AT THE COOPERATIVE LEADERS’ RETREAT ORGANIZED BY IKEJA & LAGOS ISLAND MULTIPURPOSE COOPERATIVE UNIONS HELD 16TH – 19TH AUGUST, 2018.
I am thankful and grateful to Almighty God for the privilege to join you at this Joint Retreat holding today. It is with delight that I join the Presidents of Ikeja and Lagos Island Multipurpose Cooperative Unions, to welcome everyone to this Cooperative Leaders’ Retreat.
Last year the collaboration between these two MCUs emanated and I am indeed a happy man that the relationship is still maintained this year as a way of promoting the spirit of cooperation among cooperatives. I thank you for the oneness which you have exhibited. This collaboration should not be limited to holding retreats alone, but should be extended to even having joint business enterprises.
Esteemed cooperators I appreciate your support to Lagos State Cooperative Federation. Particularly, I am grateful for your support during my election as Presidency of This year, the Board of LASCOFED saw the need to make the Cooperative Movement and cooperators operate beyond its present scope. The Cooperative Movement is blessed with immense potentials which needed to be improved and enriched. The present economic output by the cooperatives in the state can be beyond what it is now if only we can think outside the box. This informed why the Board of LASCOFED selected “Expanding Cooperative Frontiers” as the theme for all training programmes in 2018. It is further expected that affiliate-members should conceptualize their training topics from the given theme.
I appreciate the leadership of the MCUs for embracing the theme, thus enhancing the effort of the Lagos State Cooperative Movement towards the attainment of the objectives for this year. I implore you to continue in this stead in future programmes.
Dear cooperators, last year, I sought your support for the Presidency of Cooperative Federation of Nigeria(CFN), the apex cooperative federation, and you all astoundingly came out enmasse enroute to Niger State for the historic victory. As a Cooperative Movement of Excellence, I want to call on you again for your support as Nigeria will be hosting other African cooperatives for the 12th Africa Cooperative Ministerial Conference (ACMC) and 13th Regional Assembly scheduled for 2nd – 7th September, 2018 at Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja.
Fellow cooperators, LASCOFED Connect, the communication scheme customized to ease the challenges of communication by members of Lagos State Cooperative Movement is already in operation. I implore you to embrace this communication scheme for us to have a more unified Cooperative Movement.
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 and Nigeria at large.
Thank you for listening and God bless.
Chief Oriyomi Ayeola
17th August, 2018