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A Civil Society Organisation, African Leadership Strategy Development Initiative, ALSDI, in its continued efforts to ensure smooth operation and delivering of policies, accountability while ensuring that the governed, enjoy their privileges, on Tuesday, organised a a roundtable engagement with the Federal Cooperative College, Oji River, Enugu State on issues partaning to transforming Cooperative College for sustainable development goals.
The Executive Director, Comrade Nelson Ossaieze in his opening speech during the event which held in Abuja, disclosed that every society with transition from underdevelopment to development, has had to find its own local formula which was best suited to cater for its needs, while emphasising that government and stakeholders must take advantage of the moment to identify the right practices for cooperative development and engagement.
Ossaieze stated that Nigeria’s underdevelopment despite its much acknowledged potentials, has been driven by the mere fact that the country has tried too much for decades to import strategies wholesale from other parts of the world that were not fully adapt to our local circumstances stressing that the centuries old concept of cooperatives has helped with wealth creation, capital formation and large- scale poverty alleviation.
He noted that, “While we recognize the mission of the Cooperative College: to provide knowledge, vocational and entrepreneurial skills necessary for cooperative development, this will avail us of an opportunity to interact on how transforming Cooperative Societies can help us achieve sustainable development goals, set up in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly”.
While commending the management of the college for its efforts in achieving sustainable development, the Executive Director also stated that the engagement was going to be a reference point in history.
“We shall be consummating a marriage between Education, the Civil Society and Cooperative sector. Education is quite critical to development as every society must have an organised and sustainable strategy to produce at scale, the much- needed human capital to drive the process. Civil Society on the other hand is an important building block in the development super structure, facilitating two- way flow of communication between government and the governed and ensuring both sides aren’t working at cross purposes to each other.” he added.