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Gov Sanwo-Olu renews pledge to tackle threats

Representative.of Gov Sanwo-Olu and Commissioner for Commerce Industry and Cooperatives, Mrs Lola Akande and Top Management Teams of the College

The Lagos State Government has expressed determination to sustain the State’s resilience through the formulation of people-oriented strategies and policies that are need-based and development focused.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu who made this known at the maiden convocation of Professional Diploma Programme of the Lagos State Cooperative College, LASCOCO, at Oko-Oba, Agege 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.

Represented by the Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Mrs Lola Akande, the Governor gave assurance that his administration would continue to provide the much-needed support required by the College to function optimally in the turning out of the much needed professionals 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 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 (Seventy billion, seven hundred and thirty-one million, sixty-six thousand, three hundred and eighty-four naira and ninety kobo) 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.

Reeling out the achievements of the College, the Provost, Mr Akorede Ojomu appealed to the State government to, in his usual manner, 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.

One hundred and four 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 carting 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

Reporting by Omolara Omosanya, Editing by Omotola Oguneye