Delta sets Feb deadline to sanction fake coop societies
USAID equips water corporation with 27 computers, servers
Delta State Government has given a February deadline to close down accounts of fake cooperative societies operating in the state.
The Commissioner for Trade and Investments, Chief Chika Ossai, explained this yesterday during the flag-off of the issuance of certificates to some of the cooperative societies in Agbor, Ughelli and Warri, who complied with governments’ directive.
Ossai, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Chuks Eboagwu, underscored the import of the exercise, warning that the state would take a firm position after the deadline.
“Cooperate societies in the state have been duly communicated to take the windows provided by this re-certification exercise to regularise their certificate or forget about it.
“After the expiration of the February deadline, all defaulting cooperative societies in the state that refuse to comply with the directives would not only be de-regisered, but would have their accounts frozen by the state government,” he warned.
The commissioner stressed that the re-certification exercise was informed by “the deliberate desire of the state government to sanitise the operations of the various cooperative societies in the state.”
According to him, the Ifeanyi Okowa administration is irrevocably committed to repositioning the cooperative movement in the state.
“That is the reason we are urging leadership of the various cooperative societies to take the ongoing re-certification exercise seriously, as there would be no extension after the February deadline.”
Meanwhile, the Delta State Urban Water Corporation and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) partnership on Effective Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (E-WASH) was strengthened yesterday as the American agency donated 27 units of desktop computers and servers to enhance the new water regime in the state.
The equipment, inspected by the Commissioner for Water Resources Development, Martin Okonta, before receiving them, were to support the Digital Billing System, Financial Management, Human Resources and Administration, Communications Unit, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Department, Customer Care and other operations of the corporation.
USAID Chief of Party, Yvonne Sidhom, who was represented by the team leader, USAID E-WASH Programme, Delta State, Mark Adeyemi-Adedayo, said “this first batch coming from the Utility Support Fund (USF) set aside by USAID E-WASH Programme to support small investments that will aid the effectiveness of the WASH reform in the state.
“The next batch will accommodate technical tools and equipment. The partnership with USAID E-WASH Programme by the Government of Delta State has begun to yield some tangible and effective results.”
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