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Govt relocates cooperatives to labour ministry

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THE Federal Government has moved the Federal Department of Cooperatives from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to the EMAKA WOGU

A statement by the Deputy Director (Press) of the ministry, Samuel Olowookere, said the movement was done in strict accordance with the provisions of the Cooperatives Development Act CAP. 23 and Nigerian Cooperative Society Act CAP.N98.

The Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, in granting the approval in a letter Reference, No. OHCSF/MSO/78/II/43 dated 22nd February 2013, also directed the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity to take necessary steps to relocate the Department in accordance with its enabling Laws as the current location of the Federal Department of Cooperatives in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has been found to be irregular and should therefore be re-located accordingly.

In line with the approval, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity Dr. Clement Illoh, has re-established the Cooperative Department in the Ministry, charged with the broad mandate of ensuring effective coverage, coordination and improved performance of Cooperative Departments of all sectors of the national economy.

In line with the approval, all Cooperative Officers in the Department of Federal Cooperative in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development should return with all the documents, records and registers relevant to Cooperative Development in the country, back to the Department of Cooperatives in the Labour Ministry not later than 15th April 2015. He assured of the Labour Ministry’s commitment to best practices, delivery of quality services and restoration of people’s confidence in Cooperative Administration in Nigeria.

Illoh announced the appointment of Mrs. Mojisola Sonubi, a Director in the ministry to oversee the activities of the Department of Federal Cooperative in the Ministry.

In line with the approval, all Cooperative Officers in the Department of Federal Cooperative in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development should return with all the documents, records and registers relevant to Cooperative Development in the country, back to the Department of Cooperatives in the Labour Ministry not later than 15th April 2015.

Responding, Sonubi, called on the States Departments of Cooperatives, Federation of Cooperative Colleges, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), other relevant national cooperative organizations and special agencies to cooperate with the Ministry’s federal department of Cooperative as the coordination centre for cooperative activities in the country.

Furthermore, the Principals of Colleges of Cooperatives and all the states Directors of Cooperatives, Cooperative societies and all other stakeholders are required to take note of the development. NAAT affirms membership of NLC, demands apology from faction


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