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about cfn

Cooperative Federation of Nigeria (CFN) is the Umbrella Body for all cooperatives in Nigeria. It was formed in 1944 as “Nigeria Co-operative Federation Ltd.”

It held its first General Meeting during the Rochdale Centenary Conference at Glover Hall Lagos, from August 8th-10th 1944. The Conference was attended by about 500 delegates representing 400 Co-operative Societies and Unions spread across the Southern Provinces, the British Cameroons and the major towns in Northern Nigeria.

In 1967, CFN was re-registered following the country’s Unitary Government system.

Presidents to date

  • Hon. Chief Akinpelu Obisesan
  • Pastor E. T. Latunde
  • Chief J. E. Babatola
  • Chief S. O. Somoye
  • Chief Remi Obisesan - 1992 - 1997
  • Chief Richard Iyasere - 1997
  • Sir Adeola Ayoola - 1997 – 2009
  • Engr. Jibrin Bala Abuja - 2009 - 2017
  • High Chief Oriyomi Ayeola - 2017 till date

Governance Structure

The Congress is the highest decision-making organ of CFN. The congress is constituted by delegates from each affiliated member. It holds every four years to elect executive members.

The Executive Secretary is the head of the Secretariat. He/She takes charge of the administration of the Secretariat. He/She reports to the Board through the CFN President.

Mission

  • To represent the cooperative sector in dialogue with the Government for favorable legislation.
  • To organise programs that foster unity, knowledge acquisition and welfare of members.
  • To attract development partners to the Cooperative Movement in Nigeria.

Vision

  • To be a foremost non-governmental organization for economic empowerment and prosperity of Nigeria.

Objective

  • To represent the Cooperative Movement of Nigeria, at National, and International organisations and events.
  • To promote the Cooperative Movement within the political boundary of Nigeria based upon mutual help and democracy.
  • To promote and protect cooperative values and principles
  • To publicize the aims, purposes and benefits of cooperation
  • To facilitate the development of economic and other mutually beneficial relations between its members and Nigeriansthereby contributing to the national economic prosperity.
  • To work out a common policy and engender a sense of solidarity within the Co-operative Movement, by holding national and State conferences for the exchange of ideas and experience on common challenges, and for ventilating disputes within the movement.
  • To support legislation for the growth and development of Co-operatives and to hold a watching brief for the Movement in legislative matters.
  • To collaborate with State and relevant institutions in the field of Co-operative Education of members and Staff of Co-operative Societies.
  • To provide business development research and innovation, as well as consultancy services aimed at improving members’ businesses
  • To identify, profile and disseminate information on co-operative best practices to members
  • To promote the integration of women and the youth in Cooperative activities
  • To affiliate with relevant international organizations for the promotion of co-operation in the international environment
  • To make representation to the appropriate authorities concerning matters affecting the interests of the Co-operative Movement within and outside the Federation of Nigeria.
  • To mediate between cooperators and cooperative organizations as well as between cooperative organizations whenever the need arises.
  • To provide such other services as will benefit its members.

Affiliation

Cooperative Federation of Nigeria (CFN) is a member of International Cooperative Alliance (ICA), the global Cooperative Apex, and Board Member of the ICA Africa, the Regional Cooperative Apex.

Structure of Cooperative movement in Nigeria

​​​AYEOLA Tajudeen Oriyomi had his primary and secondary education at Zumurat-Islamiyyah Primary School, Epe and Lekki High School, Lekki respectively.
He obtained National Certificate in Education (NCE) in 1992 from Lagos State College of Education, Otto-Ijanikin and a Bachelor degree in Economics Education in 1998 from Ogun State University, Ago-Iwoye.

He joined Lagos State Civil Service in January 1993 as an Economics and Mathematics teacher; and has taught in various schools in the State. He is currently a Vice-Principal and Deputy Director of Education.

Ayeola, an astute leader and cooperator per excellence ventured into cooperatives in 1995 as co-founder of Alaro Standing Order, a terminable contribution group. The group has metamorphosed into a cooperative society which has been duly registered under the Lagos state Cooperative societies and assets running into millions of naira.

Mr. Ayeola also co-founded and served as pioneer President of NUT (Epe) Cooperative Multipurpose Society. During his tenure as President of the society, the social status of members improved tremendously and many of them became house owners. Membership also rose from 21 at inception in March 2001 to 817 and capital base from N14,700 (Fourteen thousand seven hundred naira) to over N137,000,000 (One hundred and thirty seven million naira) as at the time he handed over leadership of the society in 2010.

He served as Vice President of Epe Multipurpose Cooperative Union (MCU), an affiliate of Lagos State Cooperative Federation (LASCOFED) and later became the President in 2012.

He was elected President of LASCOFED in July, 2012 in a keenly contested election and in 2017 as President of Cooperative Federation of Nigeria (CFN) .
As President of LASCOFED, Ayeola pioneered the following;
1. LASCOFED Founders’ Week which featured many programs including LASCOFED health mission tagged “Vision for Life” which touched the lives of over 600 cooperators and many citizens of Lagos State. Beneficiaries received free drugs, free eye glasses and free surgical operations were also done on those that required it. There were also various health diagnosis and screenings ranging from blood sugar level, Blood Pressure Measurement, Hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, Prostate screening, etc.
2. LASCOFED Insurance Scheme, promoted for the safety of members funds in the event of occurrence of unexpected happenings.
3. LASCOFED Connect, a Close User Group communication scheme in collaboration with Globacom Nig. Ltd. to ease communication within the cooperative movement of Lagos State.
4. Enhanced the education and training function of LASCOFED with the establishment of LASCOFED Training & Development Centre, registered and accredited by Centre for Management Development.
5. Encouraged cooperators to get involved in the Agricultural Value Chain and launched LASCOFED Coop Cassava granules (Coop Garri) and LASCOFED Coop Palm oil.
6. Delivered a completed magnificent 3-storey Secretariat building known as LASCOFED office complex and Multipurpose Hall in his first term of office.

These achievements, his humble disposition and team playing leadership style earned him the confidence of cooperators around the country who approached him to take a shot at the Presidency of the Cooperative Federation of Nigeria in November, 2017.

Oriyomi AYEOLA is a free giver, lover of children and the aged.

For his philanthropic disposition, honesty and admirable attitude, he was installed with a traditional High Chief as AROBAYO OF EPE LAND by His Royal Highness, the Elepe of Epe, Arolugbade II, Oba Kamorudeen Animashaun.

High Chief Tajudeen Oriyomi AYEOLA is a member of the following professional bodies:
• National Union of Teachers (NUT)
• Fellow, Institute of Chartered Administrators of Nigeria
• Association of Nigerian Authors (Lagos State Chapter), Patron
• Fellow, Institute of Cooperative Professionals of Nigeria (ICOPRON)
• Lagos State Association of Licensed Cooperative Account Managers (LASCAM), Patron
To his honour, he has other numerous awards and titles.

He is widely traveled and happily married with children.

Labaran Abdulkareem Garba was born on 15TH December, 1962 in Minna, Niger State. He had his elementary and Grade II Teachers Certificate education in Minna before his admission at College of Education, Minna for his National Certificate in Education and further obtained Diploma in Public Administration.

He obtained Bachelor of Education at the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in 1995 while he obtained Masters in Technology at the Federal University of Technology, Minna in 2001.

He started his career as a trained teacher in 1984 and rose through the ranks to the position of Headmaster in 1995. He ventured into Trade Unionist in 1995, a career which he still holds till date.

OTHER POSITION OF RESPONSIBILITIES HELD AND MEMBERSHIP OF COMMITTEES
(a) Member Niger State Disaster Relief Committee (1986)
(b) Member Niger State Youth Award Committee (1987)
(c) State Secretary Nigerian Red Cross Society Niger State Branch (1987-1989)
(d) Chairman Niger State Youth Caucus (1989-1991)
(e) National Delegate, International Festival of Youth and Student
North Korea. (1989)
(f) National Delegate, 4th Pan African Regional Conference on Education International at Johannesburg South Africa, (18th -21st July, 2001)
(g) Member Niger State Society for the Handicapped (1990)
(h) Care-taker Committee Secretary N.R.C (National Republic Convention)
Chanchaga South Ward. (1993)
(i) Chairman Nigeria Union of Teachers Minna local Government (1992-1995)
(j) Principal Assistant Secretary General Nigeria Union of Teachers In charge
of Niger State (1995-Date)
(k) Chairman Nigeria Labour Congress NLC (March,1999-March,2007)
(l) Member National Executive Council of the Nigeria
Labour Congress (March, 1999-March, 2007)
(m) Participant at International Educational Submit on Education held in Ghana (15th May 2008)
(n) Senior Special Assistant on Industrial Relations to the Chief servant
The Executive Governor of Niger State. (June 2007- July 2008)
(o) President Niger State Teachers; Endwell Coop. Union
(p) First Vice Chairman I Cooperative Federation of Nigeria (CFN) (2017- Date)
• Member National Executive Council of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT)
• Member Niger State Teacher Professional Development Institute. (2015 – Date)
• Member IBB University Implementation and Evaluation Committee (Nov. 2004 – Dec. 2006)
• Chairman Niger State Primary School Teachers assessment Committee (2012 – 2013)
• Chairman CEO Elkareem Farms (2013 – Date)

HONOUR / AWARDS
– N.U.T Merit Award (for Contributing towards Educational development in Niger State 1999)
– Award of Excellence by Road Safety Club, Federal University of Technology Minna on 15th February, 2000
– Merit Award for Exemplary Leadership and Service to Humanity by the Senior Staff Association (SSA) Niger State College of Education Minna 2001
– Award on Honorary Fellowship of ‘TEACHER EDUCATION’ by the Niger State College of Education C.O.E Minna 22nd March 2003.
– Merit Award by Orator Communication LTD 10th April, 2004.
– Niger State Government Award 26th February 2007. On selfless Service.
– Honorary Award by Association of Senior Civil Servant of Nigeria (ASCSN) Niger State Branch 11th September 2007.
– Special Award of Excellence by the Nigeria Labour Congress Niger State Council.

COOPERATIVE EXPERIENCE
Comrade Labaran Abdulkareem Garba is currently the President of Niger State NUT Endwell Cooperative Union Ltd. and Niger State Cooperative Federation Ltd.

Similarly, he was elected in 2017 as Vice President of Cooperative Federation of Nigeria.

He had travelled far and wide to all the 36states of Nigeria and to other countries of the world such as Rwanda, Singapore, Japan, Egypt, Rwanda, Thailand, Malaysia, Ghana, Congo, Benin, Kenya, Ethiopia, North Korea, Zimbabwe, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, UAE, South Africa amongst others.

He is happily married with children.

Usman Hadiza Danga is the Treasurer of Cooperative Federation of Nigeria.

She is a trained teacher at the College of Education, Sokoto before proceeding to Usman Dan-Fodio University, Sokoto to study Physical Education Studies in 2004.

As an astute leader, she held several educational and political positions as follows:
Transition committee as Hon. Councilor 2001- 2003
Area Education Officer LGEA – 1999-2001.

Her leadership position in the cooperative sector began in 1985 when she was elected Secretary of the Zuru Cooperative Union. She held the position till 1988. Some of the other positions she held in the cooperative sector include:
• President, Nigeria Cooperative Woman Alliance (NICOWA) Kebbi State Chapter,
• 1st Vice President Kebbi Cooperative Federation
• National Treasurer, NICOWA,
• National Auditor NASPAN
• Zonal Women Coordinator, North-West CFN
In 2017, she was eventually elected as the Treasurer of Cooperative Federation of Nigeria

Awards:
She has the following cooperative awards:
• National Recognition Award, 2006
• Gold Award 2008,
• Meritorious Diamond Award 2015 amongst others.

Titles: Garkuwan mata Ushe, Sarkin yakin matan Zuru

ALH. (DR) ABDULRAZAAQ OLA BALOGUN -FHNR, CBD

Alh. (Dr) Abdulrazaaq Ola Balogun, born sixty-eight (68) years ago at Ota, is a product of Iganmode Grammar School, Ota, holder of A level certificate in Accounts and Economics, Diploma in Modern Salesmanship of N. S. S. Manchester and had 18months Certificate Programs in Accounting at Ambros Ali University. Presently, an MBA online Student of University of Roehampton.

Elected General Secretary of Sango – Ota Consumers Cooperative Society Limited in 1992, the position he held till 2004 when he became the President of the Society during the year Annual General Meeting. This position brought him to the membership of the Board of Directors of Ado-Odo / Ota, Ifo, Ewekoro Branch of OGSCOFED Ltd in the same year. He became the Vice President of the branch through an election at the Branch AGM in 2010.

During the Branch AGM in 2013, he was elected the President of the branch, the position that gave him the ticket at the State Congress in the same year and he was elected the State President of OGSCOFED.

Alh. ( Dr ) Abdulrazaaq Ola Balogun was a member of Nigeria Delegates at the 2013 ICA Global Assembly and General Meeting held in Cape Town, South Africa, a member of Ogun State Delegation at the ICA African Regional Assembly held at Kenya in 2014 and member of the Participants at the 3rd International Summit of Cooperatives, held at Quebec City, Canada in 2016.

Alh. (Dr) A. O Balogun was a member of Ogun State Participants from the Cooperative Movement at the Sustainable Enterprise Training (SET) organised by University of Ibadan, Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in 2012. The recipient of Honorary Professional Doctorate Award of the National Institute of Hotel Management and Fellow of the Institute of Human and Natural Resources which also earned him the Community Builders Awards in 2016, among other various awards.

Alh. (Dr) Abdulrazaaq Ola Balogun is a member of the Board of Directors of the Cooperative Federation of Nigeria (CFN), the Umbrella Body for Cooperative Movement in Nigeria. He is the South-West CFN Coordinator.

Cooperator Filani Ojo is the President of Edo State Cooperative Federation and Coordinator South-South Zone . He is also a Board Member of Cooperative Federation of Nigeria (CFN).

He hails from Somorika, Akoko Edo LGA of Edo State. He was born 17th May, 1973. A graduate of Sociology from Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma (AAU).

He joined the services of Edo State Urban Water Board where he is presently the Public Relations Officer. He is also in the Labour Movement, currently the Zonal Treasurer (South-South) Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees.

He is happily married.

 

Mrs. Hannatu Paul Mershak is a professional accountant and civil servant in the employment of Jos University Teaching Hospital.

She is a member of Jos University Teaching Hospital Multipurpose Cooperative Society (JUTH MCS) before her election in 2014 as President of the society. She held the position till 2018. In 2018 similarly, she was elected President of Plateau State Cooperative Federation Ltd.

She is currently the North-Central Coordinator for Cooperative Federation of Nigeria (CFN)

She is happily married with children.

Mrs. Ebun Akin-Falaiye, was born in Kaduna, Kaduna State

She attended L.E.A Babandodo, Makera, Kaduna for primary education between the year 1972-1978 and Federal Government College, Kaduna between the year 1978-1983 for her secondary school education after which she proceeded to University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Osun state where she bagged a B.Sc. degree in Estate Management (1983-1988).

Mrs. Ebun Akin-Falaiye began her career in 1988 as a Youth Corps member at Bola Onabadejo & Co. (A firm of Estate Surveyors & Valuers) and worked there up to 1992. She later worked at Refuge Homes Savings and Loans Limited and Casa Building Society Limited as Assistant Manager (Estate), and Manager (Mortgage and Credits) respectively before she went into private practice in 1996.

Mrs. Ebun Akin-Falaiye engaged in multi-dimensional business enterprises with emphasis in real estate consultancy, property renovations and interior decorations. During this period, she pursued a Master’s degree at the University of Lagos and obtained Masters in Humanitarian and Refugee Studies in 2007

Mrs. Ebun Akin-Falaiye joined the Lagos State Cooperative Federation as the Executive Secretary in the year 2007 and immediately commenced the examinations of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, UK. She was inducted as an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN) in 2014. Same year, she took the examination of the National Teachers’ Institute (NTI) and bagged Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE).

At Lagos State Cooperative Federation (LASCOFED), she has been instrumental to several reforms which have improved the administration, visibility, functionality of the apex Cooperative organization in Lagos State, which has endeared more members to participate in the activities of the organisation.

Under her watch the activities of the educational arm of LASCOFED was enhanced with improved curriculum, facilitation and accreditation of the training centre.

The impressive achievements of Mrs. Ebun Akin-Falaiye at LASCOFED attracted the Board of Cooperative Federation of Nigeria(CFN) to request for her services as Acting Executive Secretary following the retirement of the Executive Secretary of the National Apex Cooperative Organisation