COMMUNIQUE OF CFN CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP FOR CFN BOARD MEMBERS HELD AT FOMWAN COMPLEX, ABUJA 18TH FEBRUARY, 2014.
The Co-operative Federation of Nigeria (CFN) organized a one-day capacity building workshop for the CFN Board of Directors in Abuja on the 18th February 2014. Thirteen Board members, including the Chairman, Engr. Jibrin Bala participated in the workshop whose theme was: Re-defining movement for collaborative partnerships towards co-operative development.
The facilitator of the workshop, Mr. J.J. Buden, an experienced lecturer at the Kaduna polytechnic who is widely respected by the co-operative movement in the country made a presentation on the theme of the workshop. Mr Buden’s presentation focused on the respective roles of the government and the co-operative movement as contained in the Co-operative Development Policy for Nigeria (2002) and relevant sections of the Nigeria Co-operative Act CAP 98 of 2004 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria. Participants discussed the paper extensively and adopted the following resolutions:
- That individual co-operative members as citizens should be encouraged to participate in the political processes to enhance the fortunes of the co-operative movement;
- The need for reliable statistics and data on co-operatives was emphasized, and the CFN was urged to facilitate the process for the collection of co-operative data and statistics;
- The workshop identified the need for effective co-operative auditing services to be provided by the co-operative movement in line with the Act (2004) L. F. N;
- The workshop also observed the general lack of public awareness on co-operative, and the need for rapport between the government and the co-operative movement, and therefore, urged co-operative leaders at all tiers to take steps towards improving their relationship with all tiers of government through orchestrated advocacy;
- The meeting endorsed the regular hosting of capacity-building and interactive sections among leaders of the co-operative movement;
- The workshop expressed dissatisfaction over SMEDAN’s use of the co-operative model under the Local Government, One project (OLOP) initiative recently launched by the Federal Ministry of Trade and Industry, without the inclusion of representatives of the co-operative movement;
- The meeting commended His Excellency, Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR, for the decision to convene the National Conference, but noted with dismay the exclusion of the Co-operative movement from the list of participants to the conference;
- The workshop also noted with satisfaction, the increasing number of State Governments which have, following the adoption of the Co-operative Development Policy for Nigeria in 2002, established fully-fledged ministries of co-operatives, and urged other states that are yet to established, to do so without further delay; and
- The workshop commended the ‘’transformation agenda’’ of the Federal Government under President Goodluck Jonathan, in particular, the ‘’ Agricultural Transformation Agenda’’, and pledged the support of the co-operative movement of Nigeria to transform the economic fortunes of Nigeria through the co-operative enterprise model.