Co-operative Societies Lauded For Unity And Communual Enterprises

By Peter Nwasike

Various Co-operative Societies in Anambra state have been lauded for their virtues of unity of purpose and communal enterprises and resource­fulness. The commendation was made by the Commissioner of Trade, Commerce and Industry, Dr. C.I. Madubuko, when he addressed and inspected the various products of the Co-operative Societies, displayed during the “THE INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATIVE DAY, held at Ekwueme Field Awka, on Saturday, July 6, 2019.

The Co-operative Societies came from the 21 Local Government Areas, of the State, and some individual groups. Among those that displayed their goods, to the admiration of the Commissioner and his entourage, are:

Ogbaru Local Government Area, led by the Transition Chairman of the Council, Hon. Arinze Awogu. They displayed giant fish, as they came from riverline area, notable for producing fish. Also, are new yam tubers, cassava tubers, stems, vegetables, pepper, etc.

Oyi Local Government, led by Comrade Aaron Igweze and Mrs. Helen Maduka, displayed farm products and industrial products, assembled Bicycle and Motorcycle, which they imported in parts from Overseas, and assembled in Ogbunike, for sales to direct users. Nnewi North LGA, displayed new type of “CHARCOAL OVEN”. They were led by Mr. Jude Egbuna. He proudly said that they are “THE JAPAN OF AFRICAN, and that the new charcoal oven, reduces cost of kerosene or gas in other ovens by over 70% price. It is colourless, no smoke, and guarantees safety. The Handicapped People Asso­ciation of Nigeria, Anambra State Chapter, led by Mr. Innocent Megwa, justified the slogan that “THERE IS ABILITY IN DISABILITY”, when they produced motorcycle spare parts with engine oil. Users testified that they are of superior quality. Ihiala LGA, represented by Izulon Farms Ltd led by Mr. Izuchukwu, produced POULTRY and FISH FARMING, They have large poultry and large fish pond, to produce their goods. The Orient Newspaper Limited, led by Mr. Francis Ekpone, produced Orient Newspapers, whose contents were of international, national, State and Community coverage’s, including special edition on the “INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATIVE DAY 2019”.
Commissioner Madubuko expressed satisfaction that the people understood the adage that “IGWEBUIKE” (Unity is strength), by pooling their knowledge and resources together, for productive ventures, and by patronage by themselves and general public, their profitability are assured. He said that by this oneness of purpose, they are co-operating with the Government to create employment and generate wealth from the private sector. He re­called the origin of CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES,” which came from England, in 1750, at Industrial Revolution, when workers in industries, felt the need to co-operate with the capitalists and inventors, in owning industries and means of transportation and commercialization, and formed what was then known as “THRIFTY ARTISANS” and contributed their stipends, for communal investments. When the system became helpful to Government in industrializing Great Britain, and in securing markets in colonial territories in Africa, the Government encouraged them, and produced policies to guide them and the name became “CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY,» was born.

Commissioner Madubuko said that the then Government of Great Britain supported Co-Operatives in their days, the present Government of Anambra State, under Chief Willie Obiano, shall also support the Co-operatives of today. He said that it was for the purpose of revamping the economy from the private Sector, that Government created the ANAMBRA SMALL BUSINESS AGENCY,”(ASBA) to be avenue to raise capital investment, to such business organizations as the Co-operative Societies. He promised that he shall visit their individual farms and industries, in the near future. Lectures on the importance of CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY, were delivered by eminent scholars, among them Mr. Philip Nweke, Miss Queendal Chukwulobe, etc. The Director of Co-operatives, Mrs. Nwabuogo Okonkwo, expressed delight about the success of this year’s celebration of the “INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATIVE DAY, 2019”, as targeted with the theme: “CO-OPERATIVE FOR A DECENT WORK” and contained in the lecture delivered on it. She expressed optimism that the lessons shall be praticalized especially, as the Government of Anambra State, is counting on them for success in the Industrial and Agricultural Revolution of the State.

The then Government of Great Britain supported Co-Operatives in their days, the present Government of Anambra State, under Chief Willie Obiano, shall also support the Co-operatives of today. He said that it was for the purpose of revamping the economy from the private Sector, that Government created the ANAMBRA SMALL BUSINESS AGENCY,”(ASBA) to be avenue to raise capital investment, to such business organizations as the Co-operative Societies. He promised that he shall visit their individual farms and industries, in the near future. Lectures on the importance of CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY, were delivered by eminent scholars, among them Mr. Philip Nweke, Miss Queendal Chukwulobe, etc. The Director of Co-operatives, Mrs. Nwabuogo Okonkwo, expressed delight about the success of this year’s celebration of the “INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATIVE DAY, 2019”, as targeted with the theme: “CO-OPERATIVE FOR A DECENT WORK” and contained in the lecture delivered on it. She expressed optimism that the lessons shall be praticalized especially, as the Government of Anambra State, is counting on them for success in the Industrial and Agricultural Revolution of the State.

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