Co-operative college to honour Oniru, 4 others with fellowship awards
To Graduate 104 At Maiden Convocation
Lagos State Co-operative College (LASCOCO) has said that five Nigerians that played critical roles in the establishment of the first cooperative college in the country that is backed by law would be honoured at its maiden convocation.
The college’s Provost, Mr. Akorede Ojomu, in a statement, said that the honourary award of fellowship would be bestowed on the five persons who were instrumental to the development of the college, as the institution graduates 104 professional diploma students.
He listed those to be awarded to include a former Commissioner for Agriculture and Cooperatives and the Oniru of Iruland, Oba Gbolahan Lawal; former Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye; retired permanent secretaries, Mr. Wale Raji; Dr Yaqub Bashorun and Mr. Lekan Akodu.
He said the maiden convocation lecture titled “Concern for the 21st Century economy: what roles do cooperatives have to play in the transition to a sustainable economy?” would be delivered by the Chief Executive Officer and Principal of the United Kingdom Cooperative College, Mr. Neil Calvert.
The provost explained that as part of a week-long activities to mark the ceremony, members of cooperative societies in the state would also have the opportunity to network and celebrate the movement in Lagos with a lecture titled, “The Roles and Responsibilities of Cooperative Stakeholders in Lagos State”, while interdenominational services will be held at a mosque and a church.
Ojomu noted that the college had been working to address sector-specific skill gaps through the provision of specialised training for the cooperative sub-sector.
“Within the comity of tertiary educational institutions in the state and country as a whole, the Lagos State Cooperative College falls into a specialised category in consideration of the fact that it was established to address sector-specific skill gap through the provision of specialised training for a cooperative sub-sector that is oftentimes not on the radar of the financial or conventional media,” he said.