As part of efforts to boost the capacity of Cooperative Societies and curb corruption, the Lagos State Cooperatives College, LASCOCO, has organised a 4-day training workshop titled , “Leveraging on Digital Tools in Increasing Business Productivity”
In his keynote address at the opening of the workshop at the College’s Complex in Oko-Oba Agege, the Provost of the College, Mr. Akorede Ojomo explained that the training is part of the College’s capacity building initiatives to equip Cooperators for maximum service delivery.
“What we are doing today is basically improving the decision making process, exposing them to scientific ways of making business decisions. We are tired of using the rule of the thumb to make decisions, we have to go into the modern, technological, scientific way of arriving at crucial business decisions. Concerted efforts must be made to curb fraud, stop it from the inception, from the budding level, you have to nip it and to ensure this, there must be continuous training and that is what this College is doing as a technology driven institution and we are glad that in Lagos Cooperative Societies, the incidences of frauds are reducing and will not stop until we get it right. If corruption prevails, there can’t be profit, there can’t be growth and development”
About one hundred personnel from accredited Cooperative Societies are participating in the workshop.
Mr Ojomo said that in line with the vision of the current administration of making Lagos a 21st century economy, the Cooperative College which is already NABTE approved has now been listed with JAMB and registration is already ongoing, stated that it has also signed an an MOU with the UK Cooperatives College in Manchester for exchange programme.
He said, “The UK Cooperative College is over one hundred years old and there’s no way we want to get to the global level without learning from such an institution. The essence of the exchange programme is to expose our students to the best training in the world on cooperative studies and management in order to achieve and deliver on the College’s mandate of producing highly skilled manpower to the cooperative movement as well as create a platform and opportunities for Nigerians to develop and pursue a career in cooperative business activities”.
According to the Provost, the MOU includes capacity building of resource personnel of the College, while interested members of Cooperative Societies would also have opportunity to visit their counterparts in the UK, where Cooperative movement reported started.