Friday , June 21 2024

Lagos Cooperative College holds first convocation as Sanwo-Olu pledges support

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Thursday said that his administration has made education a key pillar of  development agenda, saying that massive investment in critical education infrastructure has propelled formulation of policies that engender human capital development, innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship skill development in the state.
Speaking at the maiden convocation,the State Cooperatives College, LASCOCO,  Governor Sanwo-Olu also assured of his administration’s commitment to  provide the much-needed support required by the College to function optimally in the turning out of professionals needed in the sub-sector and in the creation of the platform and opportunities for Nigerians to pursue and develop career in Cooperative Business Enterprises. 
The Governor  explained that his administration remains relentless in the effort to convert emerging threats to opportunities, leveraging on digitalization technologies to deliver learning and educational outcomes.
The Governor Sanwo-Olu,who was represented by  the Commissioner for Commerce, Dr Lola Akande,said that college was established to compliment the economy in appreciation of the key role of cooperatives in enterprise development.
He said:”We have thus established this College out of the need to complement efforts towards the creation of an economy that is knowledge driven and skill-based in appreciation of the key role of cooperatives in enterprise development, job creation and generation of massive economic opportunities for the teeming population of the State. 

“It is therefore expected that the existence of the Lagos State Cooperative College would help to enhance performance of book keepers and  trustees of cooperative societies through the Provision of need based training while also helping to meet specific manpower needs of the State through the provision of high-level manpower with capacity for self-employment and job creation. The governor, however enjoined the leadership and entire membership of the Cooperative movement in the State to ensure an increased patronage of the training programmes of the Lagos – state Cooperative College to develop the. capacity of Operators in the sub-sector.
On his part, the Provost of the College, Mr Akorede Ojomu, appealed to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to help them to overcome some of the challenges facing them, including the procurement of a permanent site to meet NBTE’s  requirement of not less than 10 hectares of land and to enable LASCOCO to realize its vision as a global model cooperative institution.
 “There are a lot of facilities that are still lacking in the College for which we have presently improvised but which are still required in the long run for the enrichment and standardization of our academic activities. We need demonstration farms, a well — equipped Entrepreneurship Centre for vocational and entrepreneurial training, a pseudo micro finance outfit for students of Microfinance and Enterprise Development to mention but a few,”  Ojomu appealed Also speaking,the Chairman of the College’s Governing Council, Mr Oyewale Raji noted that in Lagos State, the number of registered Cooperative Societies had grown from one hundred and eight (108) in 1967 to well over fifteen thousand (15,000) with a net asset of N70, 731,066,384.90k according to the mid-year report of the Cooperative Department for year 2016.
 He described such a huge number of cooperators managing a stupendous amount of funds of about N80 billion in today’s worth as an essential part of the current administration’s THEMES agenda and  a gold mine waiting to be explored and exploited for the betterment of Lagosians.
“The economic reverberations and trickle-dow effects of activities of this subsector can only be imagined in terms of improving the economic emancipation of the greater number of our rural dwellers and thus unable to provide assets to collateralize loans from conventional banks and financial institutions” 

While Mr Olajide Bashorun expressed appreciation to the college for the honour bestowed on them, Mrs Oladunjoye announced that she will be meeting one of the College’s need by adopting the library, which will operate as a physical and e-learning centre.
At the convocation ceremony, 104 students bagged Professional Diplomas in Cooperative studies during the convocation ceremony. 
Five of the graduating students who distinguished themselves in the course of the professional Diploma programme were given prizes, with Mrs Veronica Akingbade carring home the overall best student prize, while the special student award was given to Ogunjinrin Oluwakemi, a person living with disability for her tenacity and resilience during the programme.

About Ayinla Muritala

Agbede is a seasoned Journalist with more than a decade experience as the fourth estate of the realm. He is a graduate of Mass Communication from the Univeristy of Ilorin and currently freelance with few of the Nigerian Dailies.

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